Umpiring crew chief Jeff Kellogg explains why David Price was allowed to stick around

Rob Bradford
May 30, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Following the Red Sox' 3-2, 10-inning win over the Rays Friday night, umpiring crew chief Jeff Kellogg explained the controversial decision to allow Tampa Bay starter David Price to remain in the game despite hitting Mike Carp with a pitch after both sides had already been issued warnings. Price had first hit Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a first-inning fastball, leading the warnings, as well as the ejection of Sox manager John Farrell. Then, after Price plunked Carp in the fourth inning (leading to both benches clearing), the umpires decided that the pitcher was not intentionally throwing at the Red Sox' batter. After the decision was made, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo was tossed for arguing the outcome. Red Sox starter Brandon Workman and third base coach Brian Butterfield would be the last two players ejected after Workman threw behind Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria in the sixth inning. Here is what Kellogg told a pool reporter: (What goes into the decision to issue the warnings?) "If we think there is intent to throw at a hitter, then that's when we're going to issue warnings." (Does anything come into play with the history of the teams?) "Yes, sure. We actually get reports form the office if there's an incident between two clubs, especially when it's this recent and they're playing again the following weekend. We all received a report on the incident that happened last weekend, and they just sent a report and said, 'Heads up. This is what took place. Be ready for something.'" (Was there anything said before the game to the teams about the report?) "No." (Obviously the Red Sox are upset on their side when Price stays in the game. What goes into that decision?) "Again, if we feel there was intent to hit the batter, he would have been ejected. We felt the pitch was certainly inside, but not intentional, so that's why he stayed in the game." (Did you ever feel like when he stays in the game that things could get out of control?) "Sure, you think about a lot of things, but part of losing control is them losing control. We stay under control. We aren't going to make a decision if we feel we are in the right place because we're worried about somebody losing control. At some point, you want to keep peace out there and you want to keep control of the game, absolutely. We weren't going to throw him out of the game to please Boston because things were getting out of control on their end." (The Workman situation, did you feel that was intentional?) "Yes. We felt that was intentional and the actions out there confirmed that."