Detroit Tigers Star Loses It On Umpire, Drops F-Bomb

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Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson took out a little frustration on the umpire recently.

Torkelson, a former first overall pick, has not had the best start to his MLB career.

He has just a 94 OPS+ this season, which, to be fair, is higher than his career 83 OPS+ line.

For a player entering the league with such high expectations, the disappointing numbers have to be frustrating.

And that frustration boiled over on a borderline call by the home plate umpire during Monday night’s Tigers-Kansas City Royals game at Comerica Park.

Torkelson came up to hit in the bottom of the seventh inning with his team trailing 4-3. The game seemingly hung in the balance, with one out and runners on first and second.

On a 2-2 count, Torkelson took a 90 mph changeup that he thought spun low and out of the zone.

The umpire disagreed and rang him up.

That’s when things got funny, thanks to a hot mic in Detroit.

“Oh my f****** God,” Torkelson said. “What the f*** are you looking at.”


Spencer Torkelson Umpire Strike out
DETROIT, MI – JUNE 19: Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson (20) lines a ball foul during the Detroit Tigers versus the Kansas City Royals game on Monday June 19, 2023 at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Umpire Looks Pretty Good After Torkelson Incident

The person who comes out of this situation looking the best has to be the home plate umpire.

According to the automated strike zone, the pitch was technically a strike. Although given the framing and break, it could have gone either way.

But beyond the seemingly accurate call, the umpire kept his head after Torkelson’s outburst.

Incredibly, instead of being immediately tossed for swearing at the umpire, Little let him stay in the game.

And Torkelson’s missed opportunity to tie the score wound up being immediately irrelevant. The very next hitter, Kerry Carpenter, launched a three-run home run to take a 6-4 lead.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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