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If robot umpires eventually take over Major League Baseball, manager ejections go away. That might be the worst potential implication. But right now, the MLB still has human umpires. And Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell lasted less than two innings before losing it on one.
The early strike zone in the Reds-Brewers Sunday afternoon tilt is questionable, at best. Home plate umpire Edwin Jimenez has a BIG zone, to put it mildly.
Following the strikeout of Reds hitter Spencer Steer, David Bell decided to call out Jimenez in an epic display following his ejection.
Granted, the strikeout pitch to Steer was a strike. But Steer didn’t like it and Bell defended his player. Plus, the reaction probably had something to do with the extended Reds hitting slump and perhaps some previous calls from the game.
For example, a first-inning strike to Jake Fraley that struck him out.
So, when Steer questioned his strikeout pitch, Bell immediately burst onto the field.
Arguing balls and strikes draws an immediate ejection, so Jimenez tossed Bell quickly.
But Bell didn’t head back to the dugout. No, instead he decided draw a line near home plate to show Jimenez where he thought the pitch crossed.
Still not done, Bell attempted to run away from another umpire who got in between Bell and Jimenez to continue to shout at Jimenez.
Drawing a line in the dirt is great. Bouncing around another umpire to continue to yell at the home plate umpire just adds to it.
But Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell just threw his hat in the ring for a potential MLB “ejection of the year.”
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