Ken Harrelson again critical of umps
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and television announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson declined comment Sunday through a team spokesperson following Harrelson's on-air rant against home-plate umpire Lance Barrett on Saturday. A Major League Baseball official told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine on Sunday no action was expected to be taken against Harrelson for his latest remarks.
Harrelson went off on Barrett on Saturday after the umpire ejected White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and manager Robin Ventura for arguing balls and strikes. Their ejections were triggered when pitcher Jose Quintana's first delivery to Seattle Mariners hitter Justin Smoak in the third inning was called a ball. On the television replay, it appeared to be a strike.
Harrelson was reprimanded by commissioner Bud Selig earlier in the season when he voiced his displeasure on air with home-plate umpire Mark Wegner on May 30. Wegner had ejected Quintana after Quintana threw behind a Tampa Bay Rays' hitter. Ventura also was ejected in that game. Harrelson said Wegner knew "nothing about the game of baseball."
Harrelson's comments on Saturday included:
• "I'll tell you this is absolutely ridiculous. This is absolutely ridiculous."
• "Lance Barrett has been absolutely brutal. Brutal."
• "Lance Barrett has just stunk the joint up is all he's done. That's all he's done."
• "He's terrible."
• "This is one of those games where the film is going back to the American League office to show how bad he is."
• "Everything that (Mariners pitcher) Blake Beavan has thrown up there that (catcher Miguel) Olivo has caught has been a strike. If he caught it, it was a strike. He's got two different strike zones. He's got a two-foot for Beavan, and he's got a 10-inch for the White Sox. What does that tell you?"
• "This might be as bad as a two innings as I've ever seen from a guy behind the plate or 2 1/3 (innings.) So he's bad, so he throws out our catcher and our manager because he's brutal."
Harrelson previously expressed contrition for his remarks to Wegner and said he would try never to let it happen again.
"(Selig and Reinsdorf) just both (chewed me) out, which they should have," Harrelson said on "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on ESPN 1000 on June 1. "I'm a big boy, and I'm a tough guy. I don't want to go through that again. I'd rather fight Rocky Marciano.
"It's done, it's over, I said what I said and we're going to move on from there. It's not going to happen again. I'm going to be the same guy but I just can't allow myself ... I had a headache that you can't believe for a day and a half. That's not good for me at my age."ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this report.