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Hot plate ump

How often do you see a plate umpire charge the mound?

In one of the more bizarre scenes that I’ve witnessed at a ballpark, Ed Hickox started walking toward Astros reliever Doug Brocail, who began shouting after a borderline pitch to Ramon Hernandez in the seventh inning was called a ball. Houston catcher Humberto Quintero actually had to intervene, jumping in front of Hickox and patting him on the chest to calm him down.

Brocail saw this and became more incensed. He stomped toward Hickox and continued to shout, bringing manager Cecil Cooper from the dugout. I thought we were going to have a bench-clearing brawl between a plate umpire and a reliever.

Hickox appeared to motion that Brocail had been ejected, but that wasn’t the case. For whatever reason, Brocail was allowed to remain in the game. He even got a strike call with his next pitch, which I figured was as likely to happen as Bill Bavasi reversing the Erik Bedard trade. Hernandez failed to check his swing with the count full, and the Orioles stranded runners on first and second.

Brocail should switch to decaf.

He was booed loudly as he walked off the mound after being replaced in the eighth, and he lifted his arms and gestured to a group of fans before ducking into the dugout.

Then he showered, got dressed, carried his locker to his car and tied it to the hood.


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