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Ejections: Adrian Johnson (4) 
29th-Jul-2010 08:56 pm
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1B Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Diamondbacks left fielder Gerardo Parra for Unsportsmanlike Conduct-NEC to end the top of the 9th inning of the Diamondbacks-Phillies game. With one out and three on, Parra hit a 0-0 fastball from Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero to Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco, to shortstop Wilson Valdez, to first baseman Ryan Howard for a double play. Replays indicate Howard caught the throw at first base before Parra arrived, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 2-2. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 11 innings.

This is Adrian Johnson (80)'s fourth ejection of 2010.
Adrian Johnson now has 16 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (12 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 16).

This is the 125th ejection of 2010.
This is the 54th player ejection of 2010.
Prior to his ejection, Gerardo Parra was 0-4 in the contest.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_07_29_arimlb_phimlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10413199
30th-Jul-2010 06:44 am (UTC)
That was unnecessary. (I know, I know, someone throws equipment, auto ejection.) But the way he grasped at it and then semi-slammed it down was much more in frustration at himself, and definitely not directed towards the umpire. I think Adrian should have accounted a bit more for the situation (9th inning, tie game, bases loaded GIDP) and let that one slide.
30th-Jul-2010 08:27 am (UTC)
I totally agree. And I've seen some umpires that will give the benefit of the doubt in a situation like that, if it's obvious the player is tossing his helmet in frustration at himself. I saw Brian O'Nora do it in the Dodgers/Padres game the other night in a similar situation to this one. But Adrian Johnson is a rookie, and he's gonna call it by the book. I can't exactly fault him for that, but in a situation like this, I do wish the umpires would consider the circumstances before they run someone.
30th-Jul-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
I also think this is the same as the Prince Fielder situation below. Was he showing up the umpire? Probably not, but the bottom line is if you throw your helmet on the field of play you're going to get thrown out. Players just have to learn not to do it.
30th-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Totally different. Fielder argued first, though didn't seem to say anything too bad ("that's not a strike").. then threw his bat and slammed his helmet. He had already argued and his slamming of the helmet was frustration over the call.

With Parra, he doesn't even say anything. He sees the out call, puts his hands over the back of the helmet as if he's upset/annoyed at himself for grounding into the double play, and then throws it down. He doesn't seem to say ANYTHING to Johnson first, and didn't even look at him after seeing the out call, until he was thrown out.
30th-Jul-2010 02:49 pm (UTC) - Equipment Violation
I believe the umpires can issue an "Equipment Violation" where if they are unclear as to whether or not the act was done towards the umpire (perhaps, like this case), they do not have to eject - just issue the violation and report it to the league...the player would just be fined. However, a similar incident happened with Prince Fielder and Mike DiMuro... I think that was definitely EJ-able. I agree, that AJ's EJ could have been looked over but then again, we're not on the field and don't know what was said when he slammed the helmet down?
30th-Jul-2010 11:50 pm (UTC) - Ouch
Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.
Parra had an argument though...
31st-Jul-2010 02:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Ouch
He did? He was clearly out.
4th-Aug-2010 02:38 am (UTC) - Re: Ouch
An argument on why he shouldn't be tossed. Easy banger.
4th-Aug-2010 07:22 pm (UTC) - Re: Ouch
We have no idea what was said by Parra. Plus big leaguer players know better than to spike their helmet like that right after being called out on "close" play. Yes, Johnson is a rookie so that means he is not going to put up with a lot from players b/c they are going to be trying to see how far they can push him before they get run. Also like someone said earlier an umpire can let them know they'll be fined for equipment which will usually lead to the player telling them to F off or something getting them ejected anyhow.

Looks like Parra says, "What? I didn't say anyting to you! All I said was that's f'ed up!" or "you f'ed up" Of course he is going to deny saying anything wrong. Don't stick up for this guy, his manager sure didn't appear to.
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