Wallach Knocked Out of the Box
Tim Wallach, debuting as the Dodgers third-base coach, took a one-hopper on the leg off the bat of Jamey Carroll during an eighth inning at-bat. With a runner on second base and two out, Wallach was about 30 feet outside the third-base coach’s box, standing in foul ground on the painted Opening Day logo about 60 feet from home plate.
“I might move back a little,” said Wallach. “I do that to get a better look (with a runner on second).”
When the inning was over, home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom pointed out the coach’s box to Wallach.
“That’s why you’re supposed to be by the box,” Wallach quoted Cederstrom as saying.
Two years ago, Wallach’s predecessor, Larry Bowa, was ejected from a game for arguing with umpires who insisted he stay inside the painted lines of the box. – Ken Gurnick