Game 28: Reds at Pirates

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Negron 6

Pena 2

DeSclafani 1

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Joey Votto bumps ump after ejection, may face suspension
ESPN.com
The Reds first baseman Joey Votto could face a suspension, as he made contact with plate umpire Chris Conroy after Conroy ejected him on Wednesday night.

After striking out to end the third inning in a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Votto charged toward Conroy, and the two bumped chests before Reds manager Bryan Price could intervene.

Joey Votto could be suspended for charging and bumping into home plate umpire Chris Conroy after he was ejected from Wednesday’s game. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
Making contact with an umpire often results in discipline from Major League Baseball such as a suspension and fine.

“My reaction was over-the-top,” Votto told reporters after the game. “Being passionate or emphatic about something is one thing, verbally disagreeing. But I got too close and made contact with him.”

Votto, however, took responsibility for his actions.

“I feel like as a major league player, I have a responsibility to be a good example for younger players,” Votto said. “And making contact with an umpire is unacceptable. During this entire thing, that’s the one thing I feel very remorseful for.

“I think it was something that just crossed the line. Just because I have a verbal disagreement with someone doesn’t make it OK to have physical contact with someone. In all of this, that’s the thing I regret the most, and I’m not happy about it.”

Price told reporters that he thought the whole incident was a misunderstanding.

“I think so,” Price said. “I saw the strikeout and I knew Joey was upset with that. I didn’t see the ejection. When I found out he was ejected, the home plate umpire felt like he was saying something to him. I don’t think Joey was. I think was having some back-and-forth with somebody on the team.

“We’ll see how it plays out. The whole situation was unfortunate — how it unfolded. … Joey shouldn’t have gone down there and made contact with the umpire. We know that. This was an avoidable situation.”

Votto is hitting .323 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Votto remorseful over actions after ejection
Reds star bumps ump during argument following what Price believes to be a misunderstanding
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com | @m_sheldon | May 6, 2015
PITTSBURGH — Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected from Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over the Pirates and could be facing further discipline after bumping home-plate umpire Chris Conroy.
During a scoreless game, Votto struck out against Bucs starter Gerrit Cole to end the top of the third inning and was visibly upset, yelling and spiking his helmet as he walked away. Votto also appeared to say something toward Cole in the Pirates’ third-base dugout before Conroy ejected him while Votto’s back was turned.
Reds manager Bryan Price believed that Conroy misunderstood who Votto was yelling at, thinking the words were directed at the umpire.
“I saw the strikeout, and I knew Joey was upset with that,” Price said. “I didn’t see the ejection. When I found out he was ejected, the home-plate umpire felt like he was saying something to him. I don’t think Joey was. I think he was having some back and forth with somebody on the team.”
Not realizing he was thrown out of the game, Votto headed back to take his position defensively before being notified by coach Billy Hatcher that he was tossed. Votto charged at Conroy and made contact while arguing and had to be held back by Price.
Votto regretted his actions with Conroy.
“I feel like as a Major League player, I have a responsibility to be a good example for younger players,” Votto said. “And making contact with an umpire is unacceptable. During this entire thing, that’s the one thing I feel very remorseful for. I think it was something that just crossed the line. Just because I have a verbal disagreement with someone, doesn’t make it OK to have physical contact with someone.
“In all of this, that’s the thing I regret the most, and I’m not happy about it. As Major League players, we have a responsibility to keep everything … we can push the limits as much as we want, but never cross that line.”
Votto would not discuss what his gripe with Cole was over.
“You guys would have to go to video replay for that sort of thing. The stuff on the field I usually don’t comment on,” Votto said.
In the at-bat, Votto took a close pitch for a called strike, and his body language showed his displeasure with Conroy’s call. After a swing and miss on the second pitch, Votto foul tipped Cole’s third pitch into the catcher’s mitt for strike three.
After slamming his helmet and yelling, Votto appeared to exchange looks with Cole. He could be seen on video yelling, “You pitch, I’ll hit,” before some obscenities. That was when Conroy ejected him.
For his part, Cole walked off the field without being seen on video saying anything to Votto.
“I don’t really know what happened, honestly,” Cole said.
Votto never learned exactly why he drew the ejection from Conroy.
“By the end of it, I was out of the game and not really certain exactly what happened,” he said. “But my reaction was over the top. Being passionate or emphatic about something is one thing, verbally disagreeing. But I got too close and made contact with him.”
Brayan Pena replaced Votto at first base. It was Votto’s fifth career ejection and his first since 2010.
Any time lost by Votto from a suspension would be a blow for the Reds’ lineup. He is batting .323/.427/.596 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 27 games this season. He is among National League leaders in numerous offensive categories.
“Where I’m standing right now, I feel like I need to be accountable for my actions,” Votto said.
After the game, Votto appeared headed to the umpires’ dressing room. He would not discuss what he was doing, however.
“No, I went to see what it was like sitting in one of the diamond seats behind home plate,” Votto deadpanned.
Price was hoping that discipline against Votto would not be too severe.
“We’ll see how it plays out,” Price said. “The whole situation was unfortunate how it unfolded. There are times when players need to say they’re upset. But I think Joey walked away and was ready to leave it alone. The aftermath didn’t involve the home-plate umpire. He misconstrued it to involve him.
“Joey shouldn’t have gone down there and made contact with the umpire. We know that. This was an avoidable situation.”

Seems to me that as this was what I also believe to be a misunderstanding that got out of hand; should cooler heads prevail, that a minor discipline will be handed down. Maybe Votto will only receive a healthy fine, although I think the fact that he touched the ump, and due to precedence, a one day suspension may have to be levied. We’ll find out really soon, I would imagine.

The more I think about it and after looking at Votto and Ortizs’ ‘bumps’, coupled with the circumstances, I would give Votto a fine and a one day suspension.

I disagree. You CANNOT touch and umpire. No matter how remorseful Joey is, and I know he’s very sorry for what he did. The league CANNOT make exceptions. He’s gonna get at least multiple game and a fine.

Agree and that is the way it should be. When you run all the way in from 1b like a person totally out of control and “bump” the umpire and rage in his face, regardless of what caused it, you deserve a harsh treatment. I thought Votto was very scary for his loss of control. Just my opinion.

Here we go again with Boom Boom Gregg . The man can’t pitch . Why is he still on this team . He sucks !!!!

And Uncle Bryan leaves him in . The Pirates are up two . Game over .

Once again Uncle Bryan is a day late and a dollar short . He has to be the stupidest manager in all of Major League Baseball . I mean c’mon . The decisions he continues to make are becoming laughable . It is SAD !!!!!!

A good manager sees your down a run 3-2. You have 1st and 3rd with slowness PENA at first. I was waiting for him to pinch run for PENA and bat either Boesch or Barnhart for the pitcher. Just think a faster runner makes it safely to 2nd on Hamilton’s hard ground ball. Does Price ever think????? Goodness.GRRR

And I meant to add. Why the beck he keeps going to Shumaker when he is awful off the bench.

Oh yea mez was also available to pinch hit. Think that deep fly would have tied the game in the 7th???? Oh I forgot Shumaker is the better choice over Mez, Barnhart or Boesch. And why didn’t the pitching coach go out when our starter had given up 2 straight 0-2 hits?? Knowing most of his pitches were high in the zone. Price will never get this team to the playoffs. He manages like he is afraid to hurt somebody’s feelings. Manage to win is what great managers do. He won’t be anything above .500 as a manager.

He won’t be that good .

Does anyone happen to know how much longer are we, as Reds fans, have to endure Gregg coming into a game and immediately give up runs? I’ve always thought that Price knew when his pitchers were ineffective. Will someone tell Price that now is the time to bring up LeCure and send Gregg somewhere that he won’t give up anymore runs to Reds opponents ?

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