CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: ... (06/30)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article BP Unfiltered: A Quick... (07/02)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: 100 OPS... (07/02)
Next Article >>
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit Lis... (07/02)

July 2, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Brett Lawrie Makes Friends Wherever He Goes

by Sam Miller

Except home plate. At home plate, Brett Lawrie is the star of a very violent sport that nobody else be trying to play. 

As you see, Lawrie alters his path so as to send a forearm into John Hester's jaw. But was it a dirty hit or a poorly executed hug? There are certain questions sabermetrics can't answer. 

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Sam's other articles. You can contact Sam by clicking here

Related Content:  Brett Lawrie,  Home-plate Collision,  John Hester,  GIF

10 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

BP Comment Quick Links

Kyle Matte

If you don't want to get nailed, don't straddle the base line.

Jul 02, 2012 14:21 PM
rating: 0

Right, they should have a rule in the rule book or something about this.

Jul 02, 2012 16:18 PM
rating: 3

In fact they do have a rule... According to The Rulebook (aka wikipedia) the rule states that roughing the passer can be called if "the defender commits intimidating acts toward the passer, such as picking him up and stuffing him into the ground, or wrestling with him." Lawrie clearly should have been penalized 15 yards, and Hester given a first down.

Jul 02, 2012 21:55 PM
rating: 2
Richard Bergstrom

Actually, Lawrie violated another rule too:

Mixed Martial Arts Fouls:
As set out by the Association of Boxing Commissions:[6]
Attacking an opponent on or during the break

But at least he avoided these no-nos:
Holding or grabbing the fence
Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves
Butting with the head
Eye gouging of any kind
Biting or spitting at an opponent
Hair pulling
Fish hooking
Groin attacks of any kind
Intentionally placing a finger into any orifice, or into any cut or laceration of your opponent
Downward pointing of elbow strikes (see Elbow strike)
Small joint manipulation
Strikes to the spine or back of the head (see Rabbit punch)
Heel kicks to the kidney
Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle
Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
Kneeing the Head of a grounded opponent
Stomping of a grounded fighter
The use of abusive language in fighting area
Any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to opponent
Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
Timidity (avoiding contact, or consistent dropping of mouthpiece, or faking an injury)
Interference from a mixed martial artist's seconds
Throwing an opponent out of the ring or caged area
Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions
Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck (see Piledriver)
Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat

Jul 02, 2012 22:14 PM
rating: -3
Richard Bergstrom

Blame Canada!

Jul 02, 2012 14:38 PM
rating: -1

I was really hoping Jordan Walden was gonna shove a 98 mph fastball into the middle of Lawrie's back after that garbage, but then I realized that Jordan Walden can't locate any of his pitches for shit, and gave up on that idea pretty quickly.

Jul 02, 2012 16:23 PM
rating: 2

Was he called safe?

Jul 03, 2012 08:54 AM
rating: 0
BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

Yes. Scioscia ejected for arguing.

Jul 03, 2012 09:31 AM

Lawrie's scum. It's obvious all he has to do is slide to be safe, but instead he goes out of his way to cheap-shot the catcher. Had I been the pitcher, the next batter would've had his head taken off.

Jul 03, 2012 10:44 AM
rating: 0

That was an incredibly athletic play Lawrie made - notice how he had the body control to drag his right toe across the dish after he competitively tried to knock the ball loose. Legal Baseball Play.

John Hester's a touch sombitch in his own right - and he made an equally athletic play to catch the ball, take a hit, and yet still block the plate with his right foot as his momentum took him away - and then get what looks to be a tag on the shoulder blade.

I think Hester's last milli-second kick of the leg causing Lawrie to go up and over with his right toe before tapping it on the dish - allowed the tag on the shoulder blade to be in time: OUT.

As an Umpire - we call these BASTARD CALLS ....the play happens and you are a Bastard to one dugout or the other no matter how you call it.

Jul 03, 2012 12:38 PM
rating: 1
You must be a Premium subscriber to post a comment.
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
<< Previous Article
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: ... (06/30)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article BP Unfiltered: A Quick... (07/02)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: 100 OPS... (07/02)
Next Article >>
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit Lis... (07/02)

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 22
West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where E...
Premium Article Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
West Coast By Us: Day 2: Taco the Town
Going Yard: The Near Perfection of Pederson
West Coast By Us: Day 3: Nice
BP Boston

Premium Article Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to...
Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Does the Knucklebal...
Fantasy Article Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for ...
The Week in Quotes: June 25-July 1
Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Monday, July 2
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 2
What You Need to Know: Monday, July 2

2012-07-03 - BP Unfiltered: The 2012 All-Backwards-Name T...
2012-07-02 - Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Non-Transaction Analysis: Ne...
2012-07-02 - BP Unfiltered: 100 OPS+
2012-07-02 - BP Unfiltered: Brett Lawrie Makes Friends Wh...
2012-06-29 - Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This...
2012-06-28 - BP Unfiltered: The Unusual Things That Happe...
2012-06-27 - Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Other Thing About Petco

2012-07-03 - BP Unfiltered: Cussin' in the Boys Room
2012-07-02 - BP Unfiltered: Nyjer Morgan Doing Tony Plush...
2012-07-02 - BP Unfiltered: 100 OPS+
2012-07-02 - BP Unfiltered: Brett Lawrie Makes Friends Wh...
2012-07-02 - Premium Article BP Unfiltered: A Quick Look At Daniel Hudson
2012-07-01 - BP Unfiltered: Just Forget About Match-Up St...
2012-06-30 - BP Unfiltered: The Little Things By A Little...