Was um­pire pur­posely tar­geted?

Wol­cott hit by pitch af­ter ar­gu­ments with catcher

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS - Ben Walker

NEW YORK — A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion tells The Associated Press that Ma­jor League Base­ball is re­view­ing how an um­pire got hit this week by a pitch that a catcher missed in a game be­tween the Detroit Tigers and Cleve­land In­di­ans.

Plate um­pire Quinn Wol­cott was struck in the left shoul­der Wed­nes­day by a fast­ball from Detroit’s Buck Farmer that sailed past the mitt of backup catcher John Hicks.

Two bat­ters ear­lier, Wol­cott had ejected catcher James McCann and Brad Aus­mus af­ter a close pitch to Cleve­land’s Jay Bruce was called ball four.

Wol­cott was knocked over by the im­pact of Farmer’s pitch. As he was be­ing ex­am­ined by a trainer and talk­ing to the other um­pires, Wol­cott ap­peared on a TV re­play to ask them: “They didn’t do it on pur­pose, did they?”

The Tigers had bick­ered with Wol­cott through­out the game about his strike zone. Af­ter Detroit lost 5-3, Farmer and Aus­mus ve­he­mently de­nied any in­tent to de­lib­er­ately hit Wol­cott.

The per­son told the AP that MLB was check­ing the cir­cum­stances of the play. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause MLB was still look­ing into the mat­ter.

Wol­cott stayed in the game at Cleve­land af­ter the in­ci­dent in the third in­ning with Yandy Diaz bat­ting. The bases were loaded with two outs, and no runs scored af­ter the ball bounced off Wol­cott.

RON SCHWANE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tigers man­ager Brad Aus­mus and catcher James McCann ar­gue with home plate um­pire Quinn Wol­cott dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game.

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