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MLB Ejection 084 - Angel Hernandez (1; Andy Green)

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HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Padres Manager Andy Green (no step balk call; QOCN) in the top of the 4th inning of the Pirates-Padres game. With one out and one on in the 2nd, Padres pitcher Eric Lauer attempted to pick off Pirates baserunner R1 Gregory Polanco, ruled a balk by HP Umpire...

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The haters are out there in force.

What they don't mention, is that he balked 5 times in College, once in 2014 and four times, twice in one game, in 2015. A good guess would say it was probably on that exact move, or one very very similar, and some fine Collegiate umpires in the Mid-American Conference, called him for it.

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Possibly yes/no. Obviously if he crossed the back plane (however the MLB is written for that infraction) that would probably be easier to see by the 1BU, than the PU. A lean in, with the shoulder would probably be easier to see by the 1BU than the PU. A step back off, like Terry Mulholland use to do would probably be easier for 1BU than the PU.

The step to home would definitely start tipping the scales much higher towards a possible call from the PU, and just like balls/strikes, there will be differences in opinion on what is and what isn't judgmentally, no matter how the rule is written, a step towards home from either umpire when they work as the 1BU and as the PU for that step balk.

Very much like when the PU takes that check swing and calls it a strike, rather than ask for help because he saw him swing and did not need help. We have also seen that check swing  call missed on Replay on both ends of the equation, no matter who/whom we felt should or should not have made the call based on the complexity of the situation.

There are others on this site who can run circles around me all day long and add tons of insight on this particular matter.

 

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Now that Bob Davidson has been confirmed, as a contributor on your cite, with comments backing both Angels recent balk and ejection and Joes recent ball/strike judgment and ejection, (as the haters on the cite would expect), let's not forget Bob's 2 major situations that presented themselves during his 30 year career.

Most people will note the situation after 18 years of his tenure in 1999, but many are forgetting the situation that occurred right at the beginning of his career to start with. The story 5 years into his career may be found in the 1980 Baseball Guide.

Mr. Davidson started his career/journey from retrosheet in 1974 in the Midwest League, back when those in umpire school that were determined to have shown the highest skill level during school, could be moved directly into long A ball and totally skip Short A ball. Bob was moved to the Florida State League for a year and a half in 1975/76, AA Southern League for a year and a half in 1976/77, and the American Association under the legendary President Joe Ryan's tutelage in 1978.

After one year of work in AAA, Bob was adjudged by those in the decision making process in the Major Leagues such as Future Hall of Famer Al Barlick and Tom Gorman to be of Major League potential and caliber.

In 1979, after just 1 year of AAA work, the MLBU made the decision to stage a walkout for better wages and benefits which included a vacation, after a failed attempt at a strike on August 15, 1978, when a Philadelphia judge issued an injunction which ordered them back to work. The starting pay at the time of $17,500 which rose to $39,000 after 16 years with long time senior umpires Ed Vargo and Doug Harvey Nestor Chylak and Bill Haller the only ones at the top. With a per diem at $50 per day the umpires were having to dip into their base salaries to pay for their rooms/meals, etc. in many of the cities, since MLB was in all the Major Cities in the US. This severely hampered the new umpires making $17,500 and was probably straining many marriages with the low pay and no in season vacations to see the family. C

Bob Davidson, along with several other AAA umpires including Drew Coble, Gerry Davis, Dan Morrison and Rocky Roe of The American Association and Randy Marsh, Charley Williams, and Mark Johnson of the Pacific Coast League were offered 3 year guaranteed MLBU contracts to work during the walkout and continue when the issue was settled. Bob and the other umpires declined the 3 year offer and went back to their respective AAA Leagues as a 2 year MLBU agreement was reached. After the 1981 season, a new contract was negotiated for 1982 in which the umpires who had turned down contracts during the 79 walkout would be the next umpires hired to MLBU as job openings occurred.

Bob became a full time MLBU in 1983.

With the next incident in 1999, Bob has endured and persevered during quite a lot of drama over his former 30 year career until his retirement after the 2016 season.

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