It’s spring training for the umpires too.
For reasons not totally clear, during the Grapefruit League tilt between the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, umpire Tom Hallion got carried away and decided to eject a grand total of five people over three different instances.
All of the ejections dealt with batters getting hit by pitches, but none appeared to be malicious and there didn’t look to be any score settling going on in the second and third plunking.
Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd was the first to get rung up, and he got a real kick out of it:
Next was Phillies pitcher Parker Frazier, who hit a batter with an 81-mph slider in the eighth inning. That was good enough to get tossed, however, and Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler joined him after he argued the call and proceeded to get ejected.
Then when you figured Hallion had to have gotten his fill, he ejected Phillies pitcher Pedro Beato for hitting a batter. And after bench coach Rob Thomson expressed his discontent, he became the fifth casualty of the day.
While you can lay some blame on pitchers for hitting so many batters, it really is ridiculous that Hallion thought each instance warranted an ejection. Maybe he thought after ejecting one pitcher he had to keep it up, but in all likelihood we probably never will know.
We’d like to think that maybe he’s just trying to heat up a nice Phillies-Tigers rivalry.
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