“This whole thing was Tom Lasorda’s fault,” umpire Bob Davidson said, according to The Associated Press. “He instigated the crowd, waving his arms. He has himself to blame, absolutely. He knows he’s to blame.”
“How did I instigate it? I was talking to Jim Quick. All I was asking was why he threw my players out,” Lasorda said. “Who made them (the fans) throw the balls the first time? What did I do? If I don’t come out and ask why my players are being thrown out, what kind of a manager am I? That’s all I did. I tell you, that is a real crime, for those guys to try to put that blame on me.”
Regardless of where the blame fell, it was the first MLB forfeit since Disco Demolition Night in 1979 — and the last one to date. Though the forfeit prevented the Dodgers from inching closer to a postseason berth, they ended up winning the division anyway — then were swept by the Reds in the NLDS.
Two years later, a similar ball-tossing incident occurred on opening day in Milwaukee. The dreaded F-word was threatened, but thankfully for the Brewers, order was restored before baseball’s nuclear option was needed.
After the Milwaukee fiasco, MLB declared that giveaways of baseballs or other throwable objects must occur after a game as fans leave the stadium.
Based on the information available, thanks to Pavlidis and others like Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys him, we’re able to compare pitches as they are called by umpires versus what the radar tells us. That includes an estimate on how accurate the average umpire is behind the plate.
“Both (radar and the umpire) would probably be about 90 percent,” he said. “An automated system would not have the big misses but would actually miss more on the margins, according Very Cheap Jerseys to some unpublished research I’ve heard about. The bigger difference would be the zone wouldn’t expand and contract during at-bats.”