Phone call could avert legal action after youth baseball scuffle

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on June 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 19 at 10:24 PM

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BURLESON — It's video that would upset any parent — a youth baseball coach shoving an umpire in the face.

Now the umpire, Kevin Krause, is speaking out.

He told News 8 he is considering pressing charges because he is so upset about being assaulted at a game with eight-year-old players.

"The moment I stepped on that field, that coach was barking at me.... everything," Krause said.

Video of the incident recorded by a recently-installed surveillance camera shows parent and coach Raul Aragon — who had been instructed not to leave the dugout — emerging from the third base line to argue a call with Krause.

It was the third time during this game he was on the field to talk to the official.

The video shows the two men arguing; then Krause ejects Aragon from the game.

Aragon is seen shoving the ump in the face with his right hand.

Their heated conversation continues as Aragon chases Krause across the field. Krause is then restrained by other coaches and walks off the field, shouting back at Krause.

Krause said he was scared. "Yes. Very scared. I'm a very timid person," he said.

Aragon declined to be interviewed on camera for this report, but he said this to News 8: "Everyone makes mistakes, and I am embarrassed."

Aragon has voluntarily removed himself from all league activities and been banned from entering all parks in the city of Burleson.

Pony Elite Baseball League officials called 911 and two officers showed up. Krause said the first officer told him he could press charges if he wanted to. But Krause said the second officer told him that if he wanted to take action, he would get a ticket as well.

"Oh, I was mad, because I didn't do nothing wrong," Krause said.

Burleson police explain that if an officer does not witness a crime and both parties are making accusations — which was the case in this incident — then each party gets a ticket.

Krause now says he's considering pressing charges, but he's also open to another solution.

He said he would like to hear from Aragon directly, and with the umpire's approval, we called the coach to share phone numbers.

Perhaps they can show kids that a simple apology can turn an ugly incident into a example of how to do the right thing.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com

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