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Umpire on Price: 'He's a liar'

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07:02 AM ET 04.29 | Price is right -- or wrong? [Sunday ended] in controversy and a he-said/he-said exchange of accusations of lying, [David Price] claiming umpire Tom Hallion cursed him and Hallion denying it, and with Price later continuing his diatribe on his Twitter account: "1. I am not a liar 2. I would not make that stuff up 3. My own dad doesn't speak to me that way 4. Again I am not a liar #accountability" According to Price, he was walking off the field after the seventh inning of what was then a 3-3 game when Hallion -- with no provocation -- "yells at me to throw the ball over the [f'---] plate." Hallion, informed by a pool reporter of Price's accusation, denied adamantly that he used a curse word. "I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar," Hallion said.

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April 29, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Oh boy. You might want to stay off of Twitter about your issue with an umpire.

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April 29, 2013  08:49 AM ET

According to all accounts Price never said a word to the ump which the umpire himself confirms. In fact the ump said it was Price's body language that prompted him to say (according to the ump) something to the effect of "Throw the ball over the plate".
My question is why is the umpire even initiating any converstion with a player about that players performance during a game? Seems to me the ump should have just minded his own business and kept his mouth shut unless and/or until Price started to question his calls.

April 29, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Price had to make the first move by saying something to the ump and then a response came. During a game sometimes things happen to cause quick emotions or reactions to a pitch or a call on the field. Price should have left it on the field where it belongs not bringing it to the media, because there is always another game tomorrow and just forget it and play the game.

April 29, 2013  09:13 AM ET

What's the big deal? I'm sure worse has been said on the field.

April 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Body language is worse to an umpire than words all those people watching cannot hear. Body language IS arguing a call.

Regardless, really Mr. Price? Really? All the things said in a game and you are upset about this? No, I think Price is frustrated for a lot of reasons.

April 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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Why?If the ump did indeed say this, he shouldn't ever ump another game. Ever.If Price did make this up, he's gutless. Somebody is in the very very wrong here.

really ? a little much wouldn't you say ? In this world people might curse at you once in a while or say things to hurt your feelings. You mean to tell me a pitcher has never cursed at an umpire or vice versa . I say grow a sack .

April 29, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Baseball needs to get rid of these confrontational umpires. Nobody comes to a game to watch you umpire.

April 29, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Someone has thin skin...

April 29, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why?If the ump did indeed say this, he shouldn't ever ump another game. Ever.If Price did make this up, he's gutless. Somebody is in the very very wrong here.

You should've heard what the guy in the cheap seats was yelling.

April 29, 2013  09:18 AM ET

All I'm saying is that every action has a reaction. I don't think that reaction will be good for Price. This is a game of inches.

April 29, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

According to all accounts Price never said a word to the ump which the umpire himself confirms. In fact the ump said it was Price's body language that prompted him to say (according to the ump) something to the effect of "Throw the ball over the plate". My question is why is the umpire even initiating any converstion with a player about that players performance during a game? Seems to me the ump should have just minded his own business and kept his mouth shut unless and/or until Price started to question his calls.

Well said.

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April 29, 2013  09:23 AM ET

" Joe Maddon, who joked about Hellickson getting ejected, didn't mention the controversy in his postgame comments."

No player stands up and openly agrees : One says, "I heard an F-bomb, I think."

Game stuff if anything. You can hear and see players swearing all the time. I say total nothing.

April 29, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

According to all accounts Price never said a word to the ump which the umpire himself confirms. In fact the ump said it was Price's body language that prompted him to say (according to the ump) something to the effect of "Throw the ball over the plate". My question is why is the umpire even initiating any converstion with a player about that players performance during a game? Seems to me the ump should have just minded his own business and kept his mouth shut unless and/or until Price started to question his calls.

Ump says he said " Just throw the ball." As in you play the game and I will make the calls.

If so, then nothing wrong with hat. Happens all the time. Once more, body language and faces IS arguing a call. And every player knows it. Never show up the umpire....

April 29, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Southside Chicago? I'm sure it was "something something stealing your car later".

What's the over/under up there in Toronto on how many days until Lawrie hits the DL again?

April 29, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ump says he said " Just throw the ball." As in you play the game and I will make the calls.If so, then nothing wrong with hat. Happens all the time. Once more, body language and faces IS arguing a call. And every player knows it. Never show up the umpire....

The ump needs to ignore it at first, let the player blow off a little steam. Maybe call out the manager between innings and tell him to talk to his player. Now if the player comes out the next inning and repeats the same crap, then toss him. But an umpire should do everything he can to avoid confrontation.

April 29, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ump says he said " Just throw the ball." As in you play the game and I will make the calls.If so, then nothing wrong with hat. Happens all the time. Once more, body language and faces IS arguing a call. And every player knows it. Never show up the umpire....

... and umpires should never initiate criticism of a player. It ain't their job. I iterate once more: The ump should of kept his mouth closed unless and/or until the pitcher started to question his calls. When that happened then the ump would have every right to tell the pticher whatever he wants, within reason, about throwing the ball over the plate.

 
April 29, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ump says he said " Just throw the ball." As in you play the game and I will make the calls.If so, then nothing wrong with hat. Happens all the time. Once more, body language and faces IS arguing a call. And every player knows it. Never show up the umpire....

and you can't start making judgements o na palyersa intent simply io nbody aklnguag.

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