It is never a dull moment with the Chinatrust Brothers’ pitching coach Scott Budner, as the 62-year-old former Seattle Mariners system coach was ejected by the CPBL umpire over the strike zone dispute last night.
*Disclaimer: I am not a professional player or an umpire. I fully understand what we saw on TV broadcast can be a little different from the umpire’s perspective due to the camera angle.
Scott Budner Backing His Pitcher
It was the top of the sixth inning, the Guardians have runners on first and second with one out. The Brothers’ starting pitcher Mitch Lively threw out his 102th pitch of the night, the pitch hit the lower corner. And it was not a strike according to the umpire 楊崇煇 (Yang Chong-Hui).
Frustrated Lively started having verbal exchanges with the umpire. Facing potential ejection, which will lead to having to activate the bullpen early. The Brothers’ pitching coach Scott Budner decided to take one for the team and at the same time backing his pitcher.
What happened next, there no need for descriptions. Here is the full footage of the incident.
Budner’s Coaching Philosophy
Since Budner joined the Brothers coaching team earlier this season. One thing Scott Budner is trying to change about the Brothers’ pitching staff is their attitude.
“Be more aggressive on the mound, you can not be nice when on the mound,” said Budner. “Don’t be afraid to throw inside and challenge the hitters.”
The veteran pitching coach’s teaching seems to be working in the second-half season, as the Brothers’ bullpen is currently first in the league with a team ERA of 3.12 as of today.
Radio Interview with Scott Budner
Taiwan’s ICRT radio station did an interview with Scott Budner back in May. Budner talked more in-depth about his coaching philosophy, the league, his impression about Taiwan and of course the strike zone.