VIDEO: Raptors manager in tirade with umpires

Friday , August 29, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

Editor’s note: The video above contains explicit language which may be offensive to some viewers. Discretion is advised.

OGDEN — The Standard-Examiner obtained a video Friday showing Ogden Raptors manager Jack McDowell tearing into umpires at the team’s game Tuesday night against Grand Junction.

After arguments ensued about the conditions of the field during a rainstorm that night, umpires originally forced the Raptors to forfeit the game. A protest to Pioneer League officials by McDowell was subsequently upheld.

According to reports from the game Tuesday, Raptors pitching coach Greg Sabat was ejected between the sixth and seventh innings after arguing with umpires about the condition of the field.

Grand Junction then pitched to three Raptors batters and recorded all three outs in the top of the seventh inning. The Raptors did not take the field in the bottom of the seventh as McDowell argued with umpires about the weather conditions.

McDowell requested the game continue under official protest, which was acknowledged by the umpires, who then reportedly put the game under rain delay at 9:42 p.m.

At 10:08 p.m., official word came that the Raptors had forfeited. At 10:11 p.m., the official Twitter account of the Grand Junction Rockies reported, “The Ogden Raptors have forfeited tonight’s game for not sending their players back on the field.”

The Pioneer League released a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming the Raptors’ protest had been upheld and the game would be resumed.

Ogden Raptors officials chose to not comment about the argument or on the video.

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