What exactly is a "cry baby face"? We can only guess after the Oakland Athletics charged umpire Gerry Davis with making one at them in the midst of their most frustrating point of the 2014 season.
A's pitcher Scott Kazmir says Davis was reprimanded by Major League Baseball for being unprofessional during Oakland's loss Saturday night to the Los Angeles Angels, the third leg of a four-game series sweep. More damning than making faces, Kazmir questioned whether Davis being called out by his superiors affected how he called balls and strikes Sunday afternoon.
Kazmir walked four men in the second inning, two with the bases loaded.
Kazmir questioned home-plate umpire Gerry Davis’ professionalism after the game; and he and other A’s players said that Davis, the crew chief, had made “cry-baby faces” at Oakland’s dugout the night before and had been reprimanded for doing so.
“It’s important to rise above any personal issue and call a fair game,” Kazmir said. “And what I saw on the video, I saw 10-plus pitches that were right there. I don’t know if it’s something to do with last night and how he got reprimanded, but the professionalism is something I have an issue with."
Melvin was ejected when he took Kazmir out and stopped to dispute the strike zone with Davis.
Not damning but curious was Davis's strike zone against right-handed batters. It makes him seem... distracted:
Red is for strikes, green is for balls. Triangles are for A's pitches, squares are for Angels.
A's manager Bob Melvin offered no comment on Davis, and the Associated Press reports that MLB won't comment on the issue — which doesn't mean definitively that they punished Davis. It only looks like they did.
Gerry Davis has been a major league umpire full-time since 1984. Kazmir's charges should be taken seriously. "Cry baby faces" might be funny (unless you're the A's), but questioning the integrity of his strike zone is a big deal.
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