In Daytona’s 2-1 win over Fort Myers on August 1st, the home plate umpire ejected the Cubs “music guy” for playing a non-lyrical version of “Three Blind Mice,” and demanded no music and no PA announcements for the remainder of the game.
Does an umpire really have that much authority?
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Yes, the umpire has the authority to manage the game, including the employees of the clubs involved. He can end the game at any time for cause.
In high school, I was the statistician for our baseball team. During a state championship, we had an umpire who was VERY biased against our team — the officials were from collegiate level so I am not sure why they were so against a high school team. I made a few choice comments from the dugout regarding bad calls and missed calls (umpire called strike three when it was strike two and argued the point) and in the third inning, I was ejected. Our head coach, who had also been questioning the calls, went out to argue that as a non-player, I wasn’t able to be ejected. Turned into quite a drama with our head coach being ejected as well.
From the stands, I continued to keep the books and in the bottom of the 9th, discovered the other team had skipped a batter. I had to get the attention of our first base coach, who then informed the officials. Once they discovered the skipped batter, automatic 2 outs, our team won and went on to the finals. First and only time I was ejected and won a game… all in the same day
I believe a few well placed rifle rounds would make ol’ umpy dance a nice Irish jig, and maybe even ask to go play the organ himself.
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