Sep 1, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; MLB umpires Tony Randazzo (11) , Larry Vanover (27) , Brian Gorman (9) and Manny Gonzalez (79) conference after the strike call during the first inning between the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Umpire grabs coach by the throat

Peter Gammons has video of an umpire grabbing the throat of a manager that he has just ejected from the game. Apparently the pitcher for the EDA Rhinos neglected to come to rest prior to throwing his pitch which elicited a balk call from the home plate umpire.

After a few minutes of painful translating the umpire tossed the manager which was when things really got interesting.

Obviously both were in the wrong. As a manager under no circumstances can you make contact with an official that way, however it is expected that the umpire do his best to defuse the situation. That obviously did not happen as last I checked, grabbing someone by the throat doesn’t diffuse much.

Thankfully enough level-headed people stepped into the situation and prevented things from getting further out of control and cooler heads prevailed.

I can only imagine the outrage and drama that would have occurred had this happened in the major leagues or even in a minor league game here in the states. Peter Gammons makes a great point about remembering this instance the next time you complain about umpires being out of control. Maybe things aren’t always as bad as they seem.

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