Photo Gallery: Braves Win Challenge, Reds' Manager Ejected

Former Lookouts' Pitcher Homer Bailey Also Thrown Out

Monday, April 28, 2014

ATLANTA -- During a 1-0 Reds loss to the Braves in 10 innings on Sunday, Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected for the first time as a skipper. Price knew that by leaving the dugout to argue after his replay challenge went against him, he would be ejected. Price went out on the field anyway.

In the bottom of the first with two outs and Justin Upton batting, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto fired a pickoff throw to first base to try to get B.J. Upton. The throw appeared to beat Upton back to the bag, but first-base umpire Greg Gibson ruled the runner safe.
Price came out of the dugout to argue and request a challenge from crew chief Bill Miller.

Following a replay, it was decided that the call would stand and Upton was ruled safe.

"The umpires on the field don't have any say in it," Price said. "They just listen and wait for whatever decision is made out of New York. There's no real debate about if they got it right or if they got it wrong. In the end, you have the biggest Jumbotron in the country out there in center field that would strongly suggest that the runner was out on the pickoff. Then to say he's not, it seems to contradict what everyone in the ballpark thought was an out. I didn't get it. It didn't make any sense to me.

"We went back to look at video here after the play and the only angle is the one that everybody saw on the Jumbotron, which was that he was out."

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was also ejected for yelling from the bench.

"I suggested they got the call wrong, even after reviewing it," Bailey said.

Price was ejected by Miller after he crossed the third-base line to continue arguing. Under the rules, managers have been instructed not to dispute the final decision after a replay.

"You just never know when those guys go under the headsets what is going to come out of there," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought they had a nice appeal, a nice challenge and that they may get the out there. Obviously, I hadn't seen all the angles, only the ones they showed on the scoreboard. Maybe that wasn't conclusive enough for them to change it."

The ejections of Price and Bailey were the first for the Reds since Brandon Phillips was ejected on Sept. 1, 2012. Price's ejection was the first by a Reds manager since Dusty Baker was ejected on Aug. 28, 2011.

Atlanta did not score in the inning after a Justin Upton single followed the disputed call.

---- Source: MLB.com


Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 5-4 Win Over Generals At Jackson

Facing the first place Jackson Generals on the road was no easy task but the Chattanooga managed to rally for a 5-4 win Thursday evening. Both pitching staffs struggled with their control with 15 total walks in the game. The win moved the Lookouts to a game under .500 at 10-11. Despite falling behind in the fifth inning, the Lookouts rallied in the top of the sixth, putting ... (click for more)

Former Chattanooga Lookout, Corey Seager, Turns 23 Today

Before steadily hitting and fielding his way to the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year , Corey Seager was a blue-chip prospect for the Dodgers. In 2014, he played 38 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts.  Today (April 27th, Seager celebrates his 23rd birthday (yes, he's still that young), and he is well one his way to much success in Major League baseball. ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)