Spring Training: Ozzie Guillen Ejected for First Time as Miami Marlins Manager
Closecallsports.com reported that Guillen was ejected by first base umpire Tim Timmons in the top of the sixth inning during Monday's Marlins vs. Red Sox game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. At issue was a key foul-ball call during a Marlins rally.
With the Red Sox leading 3-2, the Marlins had put runners at second and third base with one out. Miami's Terry Tiffee swung at the first pitch he saw from Boston's Andrew Bailey, hitting a dribbler up the first-base line.
When Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez retrieved the roller, Timmons ruled the ball foul as home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth looked on.
Though replays confirm Timmons' call was correct, umpiring mechanics specify jurisdiction for the foul line between home plate and the front edge of first base as belonging to the home plate umpire.
According to Boston skipper Bobby Valentine, Guillen was arguing with Timmons not the foul ball call itself, but the fact that Timmons—not Culbreth—made it.
Again, replays conclusive show Timmons' call of "foul" was the right call.
Valentine had also waved goodbye to Guillen as Ozzie was making the cross-field trek to the Marlins clubhouse, a gesture Guillen didn't learn of until after the game.
"I didn't see it," Guillen said. "[Had I seen it], I would have told him to go and [expletive] himself, too. That's the way Ozzie Guillen is."
Guillen has shown passion before, having been ejected by umpire Joe West in 2010 for arguing a Mark Buehrle balk call, an exchange that sparked a hilarious Hawk Harrelson rant on Cowboy Joe.
Guillen was ejected twice in 2011, including once by James Hoye after Hoye correctly ruled a dribbler in front of home plate a fair ball, resulting in an out recorded against the White Sox. During that ejection, Guillen kicked Cubs catcher Geovany Soto's mask, all while Soto laughed in the background.
Guillen has additionally been fined and suspended multiple times for his behavior and ejections, including a fine and two-game suspension for tweeting after being ejected in April 2011: "Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium ... this is patetic (sic)."
At least Marlins fans know their new manager still can bring it.
Gil Imber is Bleacher Report's Rules Featured Columnist and owner of The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, a website that tracks umpires and umpiring statistics, with our flagship feature, tracking MLB umpire ejections.
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