Entire Team Decides to Hit Umpire After “Bad Call”

With the bases loaded, the pitcher throws a good pitch down the middle of the plate. The umpire calls the pitch “ball 4”. The batter takes a “walk” to first base, forcing each base runner to the next base. This results in a “scored run” as the runner on third advances to home plate.

The coach calls “time” and the entire defensive team meets at the pitcher’s mound. After about 30 seconds, the huddle breaks. On the next pitch, the pitcher throws another pitch right over the plate. However, this time, the catcher deliberately moves to her right, and the ball hits the umpire directly in the head. This required communication and coordination to pull this off.

Joe’s Perspective: This is as clear of a case of poor sportsmanship as I have ever seen. The coach called the time out. He met with 6 players. They talked and must have decided on a plan. Not one of the players said, “Hey, wait a minute…” Nope. They all agreed that this umpire needs to be taught a lesson. I’ve seen a lot in my years of watching sports, but I have never seen such a sinister plot to hurt someone on the field of play.

If you watch the video and know anything about softball/baseball, you will know how this ended. However, pretend you don’t know how it ended. Put yourself in the umpire’s shoes. How would you handle this situation? Would would be your call? How would it play out?

Your Turn: If you were the umpire, how would you handle this situation? Would it go beyond this game?

Comments 28

  1. The best thing to do would probably be to talk it out with the coach’s and see what their reasoning was. Tell them that it could have been made an easier way and also tell them that if he wasn’t doing the best he could have been told face to face.

  2. Honestly I would be so angry at the coach for putting that idea in the kids head of hitting me on purpose. I would tell the coach that that was so unsportsmanlike and make him sit down and not go back on the field for any more time outs and make him talk to that catcher

  3. Honestly I would be so angry at the coach for putting that idea in the kids head of hitting me on purpose. I would tell the coach that that was so unsportsmanlike and make him sit down and not go back on the field for any more time outs and make him talk to that catcher

  4. I think the best thing to do would be to talk with the coaches about the situation. I don’t think I would push it beyond this game

  5. I feel like the best thing to do is to talk it out with the coach and see why he let his players do that. For the ump, I would’ve asked why the coach didn’t go to him right away and talk it through before pushing it to far.

  6. I feel like the best thing to do is talk to coach and ask why he didn’t go right to him in the first place instead of pushing it too far

  7. I think the best thing that could be done in this type of situation would be to talk with the players and coaches individually not making the situation worse and letting them know that if they have an issue they should address it and not react the way that they had as this was poor sportsmanship and could have lead to injury and or something worse.

  8. I would probably give the coach some sort of suspension maybe even talk to the league and see what they do because this sort of unsportsmanlike act shouldn’t be taught to kids, and shouldn’t be taught to do such things. Who knows what else he plans with his players, this just shows how bad of a coach he really is.

  9. If I were the umpire, I would look to who I could talk to about the situation. I think the situation was unfair and uncalled for, so I believe that the umpire should take the incident to first, the coaches, and then the governing body of officials who could decide what actions could be taken.

  10. If I was the umpire, I would immediately eject the players involved. Then I might even take this situation to the league directors to see if a bigger punishment would be needed.

  11. I believe the situation must be talked out. Even after talking though, the players involved and the coach must be ejected. The umpire must also go to a higher authority of the league as well and see if the team will be ejected from further play. This situation cannot be tolerated. This umpire could have been seriously hurt and it simply comes down to respect and safety.

  12. If I were the umpire I would eject the coach and all the players that participated In the action, then I would escalate the situation to a higher power in the league or association.

  13. At the end of the day the ump did his job and maybe called the wrong call but the players have no obligation to throw fists. The coach should have never put that in their heads and should be fired.

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      Dylan, you are the first to suggest that the coach should be fired. I agree 100%. Essentially, he conspired with his players to get them to intentionally hurt another player. This isn’t just being a poor sport. This type of person with this type of mentality should not be around the game or young people. If I were a parent, I would immediately pull my child from the team and not allow her to play for this coach. If my daughter was involved in that huddle, I would also be punishing her personally for not doing the right thing in that moment.

  14. the best way to react is professionally however aggravating it is you stay professional no matter how wrong it is. you would they were just meeting and talking about whatever but you didn’t know they were plotting to intentionally hurt you. then i would talk to the coach and tell them that it was obviously on purpose

  15. I would have kept my cool, but obviously thrown them out after a move like that. I feel like talking to the coach after that isnt needed because he already showed his feelings towards you, the best is to just throw them out and walk away.

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