Suspension looming for Aspito?

Don’t be surprised if Edwin Ortiz and Matt Beaver don’t receive a Christmas card signed by the players of the York Revolution this winter.

Because the relationship between the Revs and these two Atlantic League umpires seems to be very shaky.

The latest incident, of course, occurred in York’s 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Bridgeport. Jason Aspito was called out on a bang-bang play at first base and then was irate in Beaver’s face as he argued the call. He appeared to make contact with Beaver and if that’s the case, you can bet a suspension will be coming shortly. Lancaster manager Von Hayes was suspended two games earlier this season for making contact with an umpire.

Aspito said he can tolerate missed calls on balls and strikes — after all, he misses a breaking ball once in awhile — but he wasn’t so lenient on the accuracy of umpires around the bases.

“Plays on the bases shouldn’t ever be missed,” Aspito said. “If you’re watching what you’re doing instead of anticipating, it is what it is. To me, that’s what I’m going to argue. I’ve told umpires that. You know I don’t argue balls and strikes — because I’m going to swing at balls out of the zone — but (incorrect calls on) plays on the bases I get livid on.”

York has history with Beaver. He ejected a number of Revolution players last year and manager Chris Hoiles on a number of occasions. Meanwhile, Ortiz has also been a thorn in the side of Hoiles and the Revs this year. Ortiz has ejected Jason Olson, Chris Ashby and Matt Padgett in three different incidents.

And for the record, Beaver absolutely had to eject Aspito Tuesday night — whether he blew the call at first or not. As an umpire, you can’t let a player get away with that kind of reaction. It’s just not acceptable. And the Hoiles ejection was a formality. As soon as he stepped out of the dugout, there was no way he was going to leave the field without an ejection. Hoiles was simply protecting one of his players.

Unfortunately, this is an unneeded chapter in the on-going saga concerning Atlantic League umpires. It will also likely rob York of Aspito’s services — although Hoiles is not so certain.

“I don’t really know,” Hoiles said when asked if he thought Aspito would be suspended. “Obviously, Jason has been a huge inspiration to this team. I think he’s a big part of this team and I don’t think it would be fair to Jason to have one (a suspension). But we’ll have to wait and see.”

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One Response

  1. Aspito was obviously safe so I understand his reaction. The Atlantic League needs to get better umps who actually know what they’re doing. It seems like a lot of umpires really have it in for York for some unknown reason. They need to get over any bias they might have and be neutral when it comes to officiating the games.

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