OAKLAND — Major League Baseball did not shed any light on the Saturday night incident between umpire Gerry Davis and the A's dugout, but MLB did react by putting out a one-sentence statement.
Several A's players told this newspaper Davis had been reprimanded by MLB for having made what the players called a "crybaby face'' to players and staff in the Oakland dugout in Anaheim after the A's 2-0 loss to the Angels.
The statement offered by MLB went: ``We are not commenting on Gerry Davis of his interaction with the A's over the weekend, but we expect both Club personnel and our Umpires to remain professional on the field at all times.''
A's pitcher Scott Kazmir took Davis' professionalism into question, wondering if the strike zone calls he got Sunday with Davis behind the plate were the genesis of three consecutive walks that led to a six-run Angels' rally. Manager Bob Melvin argued the balls and strikes calls and was ejected.
``That's just not professional,'' Kazmir said Sunday of the ball-strike calls. ``I'm trying really hard to rise above the B.S. to be honest with you. It's late August. It's a tough time of the year for anyone in the game, it really is. But it's important to rise above any personal issue and call a fair game. We owe it to the game to do that.
``And what I saw on video, I saw 10-plus pitches I thought were right there. I don't know if it has something to do with last night when he got reprimanded, but professionalism is something I have an issue with. No matter what happens on the field, some things are just unacceptable.''
Kazmir and fellow pitcher Sonny Gray on Sunday mimed Davis' actions by balling their fists and rubbing the corners of their eyes in an apparent crying motion.