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Little League Manager Charged with Hitting Teen Umpire

Or, “Why I gave up umpiring little league games a long time ago”:

A Little League baseball manager has been charged with assault after witnesses told police he slapped a 17-year-old umpire who had ejected him from a game.

The manager, Thomas Murphy, 43, of Yaffa Road, Bayville, faces two counts of simple assault, according to Detective Sgt. Jim Smith, a spokesman for the township police department.

Smith said Patrolman Michael O’Connor found Murphy, manager for the Mets Little League team, at his home after Murphy had left the field after the incident.

Murphy was issued two summonses — one for simple assault and another for simple assault at a sporting event in the presence of children under the age of 16, Smith said.

No court date has been set for Murphy, Smith said.

Smith said witnesses told police they saw Murphy “strike the umpire with an open right hand to his right ear.”

Smith said the 17-year-old umpire said he didn’t need medical treatment.

The ages of the baseball players who witnessed the umpire get slapped were 10, 11 and 12 years old, he said.

It’s a game. Your kid is not going to play in the majors. Let it go.

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