Report: MLB investigating Price, Hallion incident

Major League Baseball is investigating an incident between Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price and umpire Tom Hallion, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting.

To recap: Price accused Hallion, 56, of cursing at him following Price’s final out of an eventual 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

According to Price, Hallion, then at home plate, told him to “throw the ball over the f— plate” as the pitcher walked off the field in the seventh inning. (Earlier, Price had taken a step toward his dugout after what he thought was a third strike for the final out against batter Dewayne Wise.)

Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, sitting in the dugout at the time of the exchange between Price and Hallion, was ejected after allegedly responding to the umpire. Hallion, to a pool reporter after the game, called Price “a liar” when told of the player’s account of the events. Price reacted with a number of pointed tweets after the game, including one that alluded to Hallion as a coward.  

There are a number of possible outcomes. Hallion, whose first year as an MLB umpire was 1985, could be disciplined if Rays’ players account of events proves to be true. However, even if that’s the case, Price and/or other players could be disciplined for violating MLB’s social media policy, which was released in March 2012. The policy states that players cannot write “content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a Major League umpire.”

In addition to Price’s responses, tweets from Hellickson and Rays left-hander Matt Moore could be investigated.