Rays' Price continues beef with ump Hallion after Sunday's game

Rays' Price continues beef with ump Hallion after Sunday's game
April 28, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Sunday's White Sox-Rays game spawned a war of words between Tampa Bay starter David Price and home plate umpire Tom Hallion that carries some pretty serious allegations.

Price had a bone to pick with Hallion's strike zone in the seventh inning, after he threw a pitch he thought should've been strike three. According to Price, Hallion barked back that he needed to "throw the ball over the f***ing plate." The Rays bench heard the exchange, and pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was ejected for comments he made toward Hallion.

The feud only escalated after the game ended.

Hallion, speaking to a pool reporter, said of Price's account: "I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar. ... I'm denying what he said I said, pretty strongly.''

Hallion said all he told Price was to "throw the ball" and added Price never said anything to him, but his body language was enough to "insinuate that he was pissed off," as the umpire put it.

As to why Hellickson was ejected, Hallion offered his side of the story.

"He was told to knock it off, him and (fellow pitcher Matt Moore) were at the dugout rail and I told them to knock it off, and he thought it was OK for him to have his final comment, at which time he was ejected," he told the pool reporter.

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Price then took to Twitter to counter Hallion.

"1. I am not a liar 2. I would not make that stuff up 3. My own dad doesn't speak to me that way 4. Again I am not a liar ," Price tweeted.

"Think our entire dugout would ERUPT cause an ump told me to throw the ball over the plate? No, I'm sorry that wouldnt happen ," he added in a string of two tweets. "And then to be called a LIAR about the entire thing?? No chance...

Regardless of whether Price is in the right here or not, he'll probably still earn at least a fine from MLB for his Twitter outburst. He seems to have somewhat of a point about Hallion's strike zone, which was a little more favorable to the White Sox on Sunday.

Of course, this isn't the best blowup directed at an umpire in White Sox-Rays history: