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Ejections: Dan Bellino (3, 4) 
25th-Aug-2010 08:38 pm
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HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre and Manager Terry Francona for arguing a strike three call which occurred in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Mariners-Red Sox game. With one out and none on, Beltre took a 0-2 sinker from Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located knee high and over the inner half of home plate, the call was correct.* This ejection is eligible for a Balls/Strikes Exemption under UEFL Rule 6.e.iv. At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 1-0. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

These are Dan Bellino (93)'s third and fourth ejections of 2010.
Dan Bellino now has 20 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (10 Previous + 3 AAA + 2 Correct Call + 3 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 20).
*This call is correct after having received a Post-Inning Exemption under UEFL Rule 6.e.iii.b.

These are the 153rd and 154th ejections of 2010.
This is the 67th player ejection of 2010.
This is the 76th Manager ejection of 2010.
Prior to his ejection, Beltre was 0-1 in the contest.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_08_25_seamlb_bosmlb_2

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11388855

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
26th-Aug-2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Two facts are becoming more evident:

1. Dan Bellino is by far the best AAA call up guy this season and;

2. Angel Hernandez has the rodeo clown routine down to a science...he might even practice in his hotel room during the day.
27th-Aug-2010 05:19 am (UTC)
I think the best AAA call up guys this year have been DJ Reyburn and Todd Tichenor. I've seen a lot of them, and they have both done very nice jobs. Admittedly, I haven't really seen a lot of Dan Bellino.
27th-Aug-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Good to See Dan Bellino's family think he's solid.. BACK TO reality.... There are about 5 or 6 very solid AAA Call ups.. Dan Bellino (look at his pitch charts and 25-40 missed pitches a game) is NOT one of them.

that is what we call a computerized strike... Twenty years ago you'd be laughed out of the game for calling that pitch... UNfortunately Bellino missed so many pitches in this game. Beltre Was probably hoping for a little more consistantcy as that pitch (seceral inches higher in fact was missed on a farily regular basis
28th-Aug-2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Not related to Bellino, but here's the link to his chart for the game in question:


Looks like a very solid gamwe to me....not 25-40 missed like you claim. Might want to check before you post next time.

HP umpire looks at approximately 300 piches a game; he could miss 30 and still get 90% of the pitches right, and that would be a horrible job by any measurement. However, we have million dollar players that hit 3 out of 10 pitches for their career, and they end up in the Hall of Fame.
29th-Aug-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
You do realize he missed 31 pitches in this game.... The green bottom of the strike zone that he called balls are strikes.. not sure what you're looking at.. ALSO you don't call 300 pitches in a game... In fact, the stress pitches usually total between 30-40 a game. IN this game he had a quite a few more. For example you are not stressing over balls in the dirt or pitches missing by 8-10 inches.. He gets about 1 in 3 correct that are not big misses according to the computer. I can find almost every umpire can and will do better then this pitch chart.
28th-Aug-2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Will Robinson seems pretty solid,but he hasn't been given a chance...

26th-Aug-2010 11:49 am (UTC) - huh?
How is this eligible for balls & strikes exemption? It looks pretty clear that all pitches he was arguing were in the strike zone.
26th-Aug-2010 01:19 pm (UTC) - Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez is acting more like a crew chief here than West. At first, I thought West was on vacation and Hernandez was acting crew chief, but when I saw West later on in the video, I realized what a good job Hernandez did, especially when he separates Francona and Bellino. I just hope he's doing it because he feels the need to help out a younger umpire, not because he wants to showcase himself for a crew chief position next season.
26th-Aug-2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
The only thing that really stands out to me from this is Angel Hernandez stepping in a lot more forcefully than the crew chief Joe West. Angel looked like he was auditioning for a CC spot on that one.
26th-Aug-2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
If that third pitch is correct (knee high), then Bellino missed about 8 to 10 other pitches that he called balls at that height. You can see that at Pitch f/x Brooks Baseball.

When you see that plot indicating that it could have been lower and still be a strike and then you watch the video, then you know the technologoy is faulty.
26th-Aug-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
According to Beltre and Francona it was a "misunderstanding"Beltre was joking with a former teammate and Bellino thought Beltre was gesturing/barking at him over strike three...Francona,finally,grew a pair and got ejected because Bellino wouldn't give Francona an explanation on the ejection...This was similar to the Meals ejection from earlier in the week..Beltre shouldn't have put himself in that position because the strike three was a good one..

As much as I dislike him,Angel Hernandez did a great job separating an irate Francona from Ballino,like a good crew chief would.
26th-Aug-2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
One thing I don't like about Fenway is that the CF camera is so high up relative to other places, it makes everything look low. Why didn't the broadcast show a replay of the 0-2 pitch? Oh, that's right, it's the home broadcast... can't show anything to lessen their case...
26th-Aug-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
What happened to Scheiber,anyone know? He kind of just disappeared and Bellino fills in..

Bellino has done a great job,and Hernandez has done a great job acting as Crew Chief..
26th-Aug-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Do you really miss him? I know I am not complaining
26th-Aug-2010 07:57 pm (UTC) - IDEAS?
Why does Angel seem to be acting as CC instead of West?

IS it because West is controversial with Red Sox after comments?

Or is Joe letting Angle audition for Reilly or Crawford's cc role?

Also, I like this exhange:

Francona- "I want at him."

Hernandez- "No"

Francona- "Horseshit"

Hernandez- "No"
27th-Aug-2010 03:32 pm (UTC) - Re: IDEAS?
It's nice to not see all the Angel hating on here for a change. The players continue to vote him one of the worst umpires because he won't take any shit, not because of ball/strike, safe/out. He is one of the top ball/strike umpires in the league (Questec) and would be one of my top choices for crew chief. Quality guy and quality umpire.
27th-Aug-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I thought the entire crew did a great job of protecting Bellino. You heard that the announcers mention that Angel Hernandez immediately intercepted Beltre, and the rest of the crew was right on top of him before anyone had a chance to get close to him. I'm guessing this is because he is a AAA umpire and like it has been mentioned earlier, he is up there with Tichenor and Reyborn for promotion next year with a couple guys rumored to be retiring.
27th-Aug-2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
The reason that Angel stepped in with Beltre, and not West, is because they both are native Spanish speakers. You can obviously see them going back and forth in Spanish, which probably calms down Beltre. And with the Bellino/Francona situation, West probably was going to let Francona and Bellino go at it for a few seconds before interceding, which is normal protocol at that level. I do not know why Hernandez felt the need to step in as soon as he did.
29th-Aug-2010 02:43 am (UTC) - Stepping in
I am tired of seeing the stepping in and protecting. If an umpire has to toss a mananger, then be prepared to deal with some face to face heat. Let Francona go toe to toe with him. Rarely do you see that anymore. We have pussified one of the best parts of the game by protecting the umpires. Did anyone step in front of Earl Weaver, Sparky Anderson, Billy Martin? No, and that's the way it should be. Let them go at it for a couple minutes and then we can see Joe West's....get in between them.
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