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07:05 AM ET 05.06 | Bryce Harper didn't last long Sunday, taking a seat after being ejected in the first inning of Washington's 6-2 in over the Pirates. [Harper] drew the ire of umpiring crew chief John Hirschbeck with his reaction to a check-swing third strike. ... "I didn't like that he put his hands up with the bat," Hirschbeck said. "That's kind of what I yelled at him. He continued and threw his bat. I kind of pointed like, 'That's equipment.' And then, he still continued and slammed his helmet down. That's when I ejected him. I was actually just being nice. Even the hands up in the air is showing me up, to me. I could have ejected him right then."

The Washington Post

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May 6, 2013  07:51 AM ET

He didn't do much, but still he has to know you can't show these over-zealous umps up, yo.

May 6, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Arguing demonstratively with cops and umpires never ends well. He will continue to mature a be able to check his emotions. He seems to made progress in that area already.

May 6, 2013  08:35 AM ET

at a boy Harper ...

May 6, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Didn't see it but for a relatively young player with little major league exprience slamming equipment around is usually a recipe for disaster/ejection.

May 6, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

at a boy Harper ...

Harper is a Punk.

May 6, 2013  08:49 AM ET

A little fire is good in a hitter, Ted Williams once threw a bat after striking out and hit an old lady in the stands in the head...turned out to be his manager's housekeeper. Ted was remorseful and cried in the dugout after seeing what he had done.
It's just one little injury, but I'm hoping Harper isn't one of those tight, musclebound guys who is always fighting with muscle strains...I'd like to see this guy become one of the immortals. A somewhat slower Mantle who isn't a rummy, maybe.

May 6, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Didn't see it but for a relatively young player with little major league exprience slamming equipment around is usually a recipe for disaster/ejection.

It is. I didn't see a replay of it, but a local columnist said Hirschbeck blew the call and seemed to be looking for an excuse to toss Harper. But yeah, the kid needs to realize staring down an ump is punk move that will back fire on you. Chalk one up to being 20.

May 6, 2013  08:56 AM ET

I watched the game and Hirschbeck is full of crap! The check swing wasn't even close to being a swing and unlike what an umpire should have done, Hirshbeck just added fuel to the fire. Remember the good ol' days when an umpire would have just turned his back and walked away. Not now, they think they're the stars these days! Harper raised his hands and then just stood there. Hirshbeck ejected him because he dared to challenge a horible call. Umpires need to go back to the way they used to behave. NO ONE goes to the game to watch the umpires!

May 6, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I watched the game and Hirschbeck is full of crap! The check swing wasn't even close to being a swing and unlike what an umpire should have done, Hirshbeck just added fuel to the fire. Remember the good ol' days when an umpire would have just turned his back and walked away. Not now, they think they're the stars these days! Harper raised his hands and then just stood there. Hirshbeck ejected him because he dared to challenge a horible call. Umpires need to go back to the way they used to behave. NO ONE goes to the game to watch the umpires!

Be that as it may, Pujols (picked at random as an example) does that he gets admonished at the worst. Harper does it ... well, we know what happens, don't we?
If you are a veteran player with established credentials you tend to get some leeway. Rank does have its privilege.
Relatively noob palyers get ejected.
Not saying I agree with it, or, that it is right, just that it is today's reality.

May 6, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I watched the game and Hirschbeck is full of crap! The check swing wasn't even close to being a swing and unlike what an umpire should have done, Hirshbeck just added fuel to the fire. Remember the good ol' days when an umpire would have just turned his back and walked away. Not now, they think they're the stars these days! Harper raised his hands and then just stood there. Hirshbeck ejected him because he dared to challenge a horible call. Umpires need to go back to the way they used to behave. NO ONE goes to the game to watch the umpires!

A.) Replay showed that it was a swing

B.) Even if it wasn't, you can't throw up your hands, throw down your bat and helmet and expect not to get tossed. Harper needs to grow up a little and realize that being out there for his team is more important than one AB.

May 6, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Harper is a Punk.

But yet, he could start in any outfield.

May 6, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

But yet, he could start in any outfield.

I know. And I actually like him. I was referring to a former poster on this site that went by that name.

May 6, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A.) Replay showed that it was a swingB.) Even if it wasn't, you can't throw up your hands, throw down your bat and helmet and expect not to get tossed. Harper needs to grow up a little and realize that being out there for his team is more important than one AB.

Exactly.

May 6, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The check swing wasn't even close to being a swing

It most certainly was "close" and I've seen that called a swing routinely.

Homer.

May 6, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Harper is a Punk.

I'd like to have 25 of those "punks" on my team,. Hirschbeck is a jerk . Harper said nothing and did nothing untoward. Hirschbeck is a typical meathead who wants to show he's "in charge".

May 6, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It most certainly was "close" and I've seen that called a swing routinely. Homer.

What's Mr. Simpson got to do with anything?

May 6, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

What's Mr. Simpson got to do with anything?

Doh!

May 6, 2013  11:47 AM ET

He's a good kid, once he learns how to use his emotions, he will get the respect that comes with it, time is on his side!

May 6, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I know. And I actually like him. I was referring to a former poster on this site that went by that name.

Me? :/

 
May 6, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A.) Replay showed that it was a swingB.) Even if it wasn't, you can't throw up your hands, throw down your bat and helmet and expect not to get tossed. Harper needs to grow up a little and realize that being out there for his team is more important than one AB.

THIS^^^^

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