Larry Bowa Ignites Philadelphia Phillies
Larry Bowa Ignites Philadelphia Phillies

Larry Bowa Ignites Phillies

Sometimes it takes the guy in the background to get a team going. The tide in a baseball game can change when something big happens, much like any other sports. And although it’s entertaining to watch heated arguments between coaches and officials, the shouting match usually points out more than any other sport that MLB referees are the most disrespected authority figures in sports existence. Baseball is an extremely traditional and finicky sport where sometimes the rules are made up on the fly. What’s illegal one game is allowed in another, and sometimes a pitcher hitting the batter is considered a mistake, though more trained eyes know better.

Bowa was one of millions to witness a clear quick pitch when the Philadelphia Phillies played the New York Mets. Batter Darin Ruf was just as surprised as anyone when Mets pitcher Hansel Robles sent a fastball right by him before he could even get set in the batter’s box. Saying that there was a collective ‘what happened?’ within the stadium would be a massive understatement. The most worked up individual was none other than Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, who immediately got into a back and forth with plate umpire Dan Bellino who made the call. The two had a very friendly conversation which lead to Bowa’s immediate ejection from the game.

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This isn’t the first time this has happened in baseball, a sport which is considered by many to be the slowest of all the major sports. Technical innovations have been put in place in order to speed up the game, but they are so few and far between that the idea of watching a baseball game in under 3 hours is nearly impossible. Several quirky players by the names of Clayton Richard and David Ortiz have pushed baseball into this new era where the MLB has to keep tabs on how long it takes for an action. Some of these rules have a decent effect, but not enough to where it makes much of a difference.

The MLB is a traditional league that has often refused change, whether it was to protect the players or to protect their bottom line.  What Bowa probably missed in that instance of rage was a pitcher that genuinely made a mistake, or perhaps Hansel was ready to go home to the wife and kids and decided to speed things along. If it was more of a hurry up message to the batter, can anyone really fault him?

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