Hicks unhappy with umpiring

Hicks unhappy with umpiring

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rangers owner Tom Hicks was on the phone with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday, the day after his team had three players and manager Buck Showalter ejected in a 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

"I've communicated my disappointment to the Commissioner," Hicks said by phone from Dallas. "Umpires that make blatant mistakes, they need to be held accountable."

The Rangers were frustrated by a number of calls that went against them during Tuesday's game. But the one that angered the Rangers most was a potential two-out, three-run double in the ninth inning by Mark Teixeira down the right-field line that was ruled foul by first-base umpire Tom Hallion.

The Rangers claimed the ball hit chalk and should have been ruled fair. Teixeira and Mark DeRosa were ejected for arguing. Showalter and shortstop Michael Young already had been ejected earlier in the game for arguing balls and strikes.

"Everybody in the stadium and watching television saw chalk fly on Tex's ball," Hicks said. "Only Tom Hallion thought it was a foul ball.

"I also don't understand why three players who have never been thrown out of a game in their entire careers going back to high schools, such as Mark Teixeira, Michael Young and Mark DeRosa, can all be thrown out of their first game together."

Larry Young, who was the crew chief as well as the home-plate umpire, said, "As far as we could tell, it was foul. I believe the call was correct."

The Rangers have been frustrated recently by a number of close calls. Last week, Teixeira had a potential game-winning home run, also in the ninth inning, called foul.

"They were totally separate incidents, but that didn't help," Teixeira said.

General manager Jon Daniels expressed his frustration that the Rangers weren't getting some close calls, and Hicks agreed with him Wednesday.

"Anything that concerns my general manager concerns me," Hicks said. "Last night was off the charts."

Hicks said Selig was looking into the matter, but the owner declined to comment further on what he and the Commissioner discussed.

As for possible discipline measures against his team resulting from Tuesday's game, Hicks said emphatically, "I can't imagine our guys being suspended."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.