We always see Major League Baseball umpires take things a bit too far, often times going out of their way to challenge players. Apparently that absurd practice has carried over to the minors.
Vinnie Catricala, who plays for the Midland (Texas) RockHounds in Double-A, wasn’t happy when home plate umpire Ron Teague called the first pitch thrown to him a stike. So Catricala stepped out of the batters box to argue, which prompted Teague to call two more strikes and eventually toss him out of the game.
A baseball rule allows an umpire to call strikes if the batter is too slow to step back in the box. But Catricala’s actions didn’t appear over the top or out of line.
And Teague’s actions: Will probably earn him a trip to the majors.