Farrell’s useful argument

Some people, including (very) occasional poster to this site, Squizz, have argued that the argument between the manager and the umpire serves no purpose and should be taken out of the game.

Personally, I enjoy watching a manager chew out the umpire as much as the next guy — unless the next guy is Squizz — but I do agree that, in general, the argument accomplishes next to nothing. But there are instances where the argument serves a purpose and can be beneficial to the team in ways other than the slim chance that the ump will see the error of his ways.

For example, take John Farrell’s argument with home plate ump Alfonso Marquez during the 9th inning of Saturday’s game. Jon Rauch and his blowup will (deservedly) get more attention than anything else that happened in that inning, but Farrell’s argument with Marquez is far more interesting to me.

Sure, Farrell was probably upset that he had just been tossed around by one of his pitchers. And yeah, he was likely upset — and justifiably so — about the horrendous game Marquez called, but, to me anyway, that’s not why Farrell got himself tossed.

When Rauch went ballistic, the Blue Jays had nobody warming up in the bullpen. After Rauch lost it, Farrell made sure to get one of his coaches to call the pen and visit the mound to talk to Shawn Camp before returning to Marquez and engaging him a lengthy argument.

Why would he do this? I checked on the MLB.tv archive and, because the cameras were focusing on Farrell, I can’t find a video record of Camp warming up. At the game, I was also watching Farrell and really paying attention to Camp. And that’s the thing: Who was paying attention to Camp?

I know J.P. Arencibia was, because Camp was warming up throughout the whole argument, but was anybody else?

I can’t be sure, but I’d be shocked if Camp didn’t throw more than the eight warmup pitches that MLB allows.

And if that’s the case, if Farrell’s arguing allowed an ice-cold pitcher to get a little warmer before facing live bats, that’s an argument that definitely serves a purpose.

Pepper!

  • What the league will do with Rauch, I don’t know. I do feel like the team should probably take some kind of disciplinary action against him though. You can’t just let a player throw the manager around like that, can you?
  • I was worried about the fans at Saturday’s game. I thought they might be overcome with Roy Halladay love to the point of forgetting which team they should be cheering for. I was pleasantly surprised that the cheers for Doc were limited to the beginning and end of the game.
  • Rajai Davis: I want to like him. I really, really do. But watching him play is getting to be painful. He’s a fourth OF at best. #FreeTravisSnider
  • Watching Jose Bautista hit a home run is like nothing else. I knew this, you knew this, we all knew this, but it was really driven home during Friday’s game. Eric Thames’ home run was mammoth, but Bautista’s just felt more exciting, even if he didn’t hit the fourth deck.
  • I’m getting the feeling Thames could be something that’s somewhat special. I could see him as a contributing member of this team for quite a while.
  • Wasn’t it nice to see John McDonald get a couple of hits off Doc?
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5 thoughts on “Farrell’s useful argument

  1. I hadn’t considered this theory, but now it seems obvious. Of course Farrell had something up his sleeve, some ulterior motive, and wasn’t just flying off the handle without good reason. I think you pinpointed it, and if so, it was impressively quick thinking on his part, especially after he wrestled Rauch off the field.
    I’m joining the ET fan club. He’s bringing in bacon at bat, has sweet facial hair, and he’s a fellow Californian? Maybe only one of my arguments really counts, but yep, he’s a keeper.

  2. Camp could take as long as he wanted to warm up. The limits are imposed only on standard pitching changes and are ignored when pitchers leave games suddenly due to injuries and ejections

    • May be standard practice to ignore the warm-up limit due to injuries and ejections, but whether the limit is enforced or not is entirely at the umpire’s discretion. Now it could be that Marquez would’ve let Camp take the time he needed to get ready, but with the way he had been favouring Philly all game and with what had just happened, I don’t blame Farrell if he didn’t want to take that chance.

  3. Blue Jays and their fans showed enlxlceet sportsmanship. That ball was beyond doubt a ball, it in the end was over the other hit box’s first line. Jon Rauch was was out of line flipping out like that, so was the administrator and the fans throwing jabber and chanting you suck was ludicrous too, reminds me of the Yankees fans last year hostile to the Rangers.

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