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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sparks fly in Toronto after Gardner ejected

TORONTO—The last time Brett Gardner slammed his bat into a dugout roof, it spawned countless T-shirts playing off the phrase “Savages in the Box.” This latest installment—let’s call it “I Didn’t Say One Word”—probably will not have the same marketing potential.

Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Segal in the top of the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-2 loss at Rogers Centre, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection came after Gardner banged his bat in response to a pair of questionable calls against Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman.

“I didn’t even open my mouth, which is unusual for me,” Gardner said. “He was looking in the left-center-field bullpen and threw me out. He wanted to assume or wanted to take a guess, and he was wrong. Then he lied to me about it, which is a huge problem, and that’s what made me a little upset.”

Television replays showed Gardner protesting to Segal that he had not said anything to warrant an ejection; in fact, manager Aaron Boone, bench coach Josh Bard and Maybin appeared to be the ones chirping from the dugout.

*From the shadows, Alfred Hitchcock offers commentary concerning this state of affairs*


QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brett gardner, ejections, mistaken identity, yankees

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   1. The Duke Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:59 AM (#5870124)
I’m not a big fan of the banging of the dugout roof with the bat so I’m ok with it
   2. APNY Posted: August 10, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5870128)
Yeah, Gardiner got tossed for what should have gotten Maybin tossed, but he should have already been tossed for that silly bat thing that he seems to be attempting to make his signature move. Yankees are lucky they didn't have to have Mike Ford waddling around the outfield.

As much as i like the K-Zone (or whatever it's called) as a viewer it's really annoying that it seems to have given every announcer the right to be outraged by every strike called which is a millimeter outside the box.

   3. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: August 10, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5870133)
Normally I tend to the umpire’s side rather than the player’s side in these situations. It’s pretty easy not to get ejected, just keep your mouth shut. Hell if you must vent go down the runway and smash some stuff. In this case though it didn’t seem like Gardner was saying anything. The bat on the dugout thing is kinda dumb but I wouldn’t expect that to be heard (and why doesn’t Boone or someone tell him to knock it off if it is becoming a thing).

As much as i like the K-Zone (or whatever it's called) as a viewer it's really annoying that it seems to have given every announcer the right to be outraged by every strike called which is a millimeter outside the box.

God I agree with this. There is an assumption about the precision and accuracy of these K-Zone things that I don’t trust.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 10, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5870137)
Chirping balls and strikes is against the rules. They're cheating. They're a bunch of cheating cheaters. If the wrong cheating cheater was ejected, its their own fault for not shutting their cheating mouths.

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