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Dan Bellino Orders Fan Removed for Tipping Pitches

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HP Umpire Dan Bellino ordered removal of a fan ("unofficial ejection") in New York for shouting pitch location information while the Yankees were at bat during Tuesday night's Rays-Yankees game. Bellino speaks with Yankee Stadium staff.With two out and two on (R1, R3) in the bottom of the 8th...

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This is a great example to all of us. Remember we have no authority to remove spectators. But what Bellino did in having security remove the fan was within the rules. So if we have an issue with a fan we can ask a field administrator, coach, security etc to remove the spectator we can not do this ourselves.

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3 hours ago, Umpire in Chief said:

This is a great example to all of us. Remember we have no authority to remove spectators. But what Bellino did in having security remove the fan was within the rules. So if we have an issue with a fan we can ask a field administrator, coach, security etc to remove the spectator we can not do this ourselves.

If you have the authority to order another authority figure to eject a spectator, then you vicariously, by proxy, through osmosis, have the authority to eject a spectator.

The assumption herein is if the person in question fails to follow your order there are consequences.  Perhaps in later discussions between the league and facility, but more pressing and more practical, the immediate consequence is almost certainly suspending the game until your order is carried out...for minutes, hours or days.

And though it may be appropriate to use a go between to carry out your wishes, you possess the same authority if that go between is unwilling or unable to carry out your order...or, in many scenarios, is not immediately present.

In the end it comes down to what YOU want, and YOU dictate that.  HOW it gets done is secondary.

And, speaking practically, if someone believes you have authority, then you have authority - doesn't really matter what's written down.

The difference with players and coaches is there are specific penalties in place if they refuse to follow your order to leave the game/field, including suspensions, fines and forfeits.  You don't have that threat available with spectators.  But it doesn't diminish your authority.

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