Posted at 7:31 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2007
Ejected announcer gets punishment: Become an ump
Associated PressRENO, Nev. The Golden Baseball League settled on punishment yesterday for a public address announcer who was ejected from a minor league game for inciting criticism of an umpire: spending an inning in the ump's shoes.
Mike Murray, the announcer for the independent league's Reno Silver Sox, was tossed Thursday night in a 6-5 loss to the Chico Outlaws.
Plate umpire Tyler Ramsey threw out Murray and ordered the P.A. system shut down after the announcer played a sound bite of a Bob Uecker line from the movie "Major League" "Personally, I think we got hosed on that call" following a close call at first base that went against Reno.
League commissioner Kevin Outcalt decided the appropriate penalty would be for Murray to work the first inning of last night's game between the two teams as the third-base umpire.
"We don't think this form of discipline has been used before but we think the punishment fits the crime so we're going to give it a try," Outcalt told The Associated Press.
Murray said he was "a little nervous about it."
"I never even called a T-ball game before," he said.
The local radio personality, whose on-air name is Mike Anthony, said he didn't mean any disrespect to the umpires.
"I didn't think I crossed any boundaries, but apparently I did. Honestly, I was just kind of floored by the whole thing. I had no idea I could be ejected, but I guess it is well within his right to toss me," he said.
Murray had been warned about his conduct last season after San Diego Surf Dawgs manager Terry Kennedy "took offense at sound bites directed at his players and ended up storming the press box," Outcalt said.