A profanity-laced video surfaced on Twitter this week from a Mets-Dodgers game in 2016 in which former Mets manager Terry Collins was seen and heard confronting an umpire after pitcher Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing a fastball behind Chase Utley.
For those who haven’t seen that incredible exchange in the viral video yet, though, may be out of luck. It’s going to be hard to track down.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wasn’t happy about the video leaking, and the MLB has already started scrubbing it from the internet to preserve “labor relations” between the league and its umpires.
“We made a commitment to the umpires that if they would wear microphones, certain types of interactions that we all know go on the field would not be aired publicly,” Manfred said, according to the Associated Press. “We promised them that. It’s in the collective bargaining agreement. We had no choice in a situation like that then to do everything possible to live up to our agreement. It is Labor Relations 101. To not do that is the kind of breach of trust that puts you in a bad spot over the long haul.”
In the video, umpire crew chief Tom Hallion can be heard explaining the ejection to Syndergaard after he threw a fastball behind Utley in the third inning of the game. That exchange was fairly calm.
Collins, though, was furious, and came charging onto the field to let the umpires have it. Hallion broke off from his conversation with Syndergaard to head off Collins — and the two quickly engaged in a screaming match while Hallion attempted to explain the ruling and calm the manager down. Collins — as most fans expect managers do in that situation — was cursing up a storm.
The exchange complete with the audio from the umpires’ microphones had not previously been heard and gave fans a true inside look at what happens when a manager confronts an umpire on the field. It really was a great interaction, too, as Hallion expertly steered Collins away from the other umpires and let him get his anger out, instead of just ejecting him from the game instantly and walking away.
How the video was leaked or where it initially came from, though, is still unknown.
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