Ike Davis missed a swipe tag on Steve Clevenger on a pick off attempt in last night’s ball game- that much Davis can admit. However, replays show that Celvenger never actually touched the base and Ike put applied a second tag, first base umipire Manny Gonzalez proclaimed him safe. Not happy with the call, coupled with his frustration of the recent Mets losing streak and his struggles at the plate this season, Davis argued the call and eventually got ejected from the contest.
While he said he didn’t say anything worthy of getting ejected, Davis did acknowledge that his glove touched the arm of Gonzalez, who is primarily a minor league umpire that calls MLB games on occasion. To just about everyone watching, the contact looked
unintentional, as he was using his hands to make a gesture. However, touching the umpire is a no-no, so it merited an immediate ejection, which both Davis and Terry Collins understood.
Due to this, a fine will issued, with a possible suspension as well. According to Adam Rubin, who spoke to a MLB executive that watched the game, the penalties will be slight because it didn’t look as though the Mets first baseman showed any cruel intentions. ESPN New York was told that the fine will likely be in the range of $1,000 and if a suspension is issued, it would only be only a one-game ban. Even though the latter seems unlikely, it will be up to the discretion of Bud Selig.
Even though Ike did have a case here after looking at the replay, this is not the first time he’s given umpires a hard time. Since he was promoted to the Mets in 2010, he’s shown a propensity for complaining about calls, whether it be in the field or at the plate. Apparently, he’s complained enough where opposing teams and umpires see him as a whiner. So, despite the fact that he was right about the missed call, hopefully someone sits him down (cough, David Wright, cough) if he hasn’t been already to straighten him out. No one wants that kind of reputation; that spreads around the league pretty quick. Proven players are allowed to gripe about calls to umpires, not young players who haven’t spent a full year in the Bigs yet.