Manny Machado, Who Committed MLB’s First Pitch Clock Violation, Becomes First Player Ejected For Arguing Clock Violation

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San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado made history in spring training by becoming the first player to commit a pitch clock violation. On Tuesday, he made history again. And again, not the good kind of history.

Machado became the first Major League player to be ejected for arguing a pitch clock violation. Facing a full count in the bottom of the first inning, umpire Ron Kulpa called a pitch clock violation. Because of the automatic strike call, Machado struck out.

San Diego Padres Bob Melvin argues with umpire Ron Kulpa after Kulpa called Manny Machado out on a pitch clock violation.
San Diego Padres Bob Melvin argues with umpire Ron Kulpa after Kulpa called Manny Machado out on a pitch clock violation. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

That makes for an interesting entry on the play-by-play report of the game.

Manny Machado strikes out on automatic strike. (Screenshot:

Machado argued that tried to call timeout prior to the violation. However, Kulpa did not grant the timeout. A batter must request timeout or step into the batter’s box prior to the final eight seconds of the pitch clock.

Kulpa clearly determined that the time had passed.

Manny Machado ejected for arguing pitch clock violation and, apparently, some name-calling

Kulpa allowed Machado to argue the call but as he was headed back to the dugout, Machado appeared to call Kulpa a “douchebag.”

The pitch clock violation is close. In fact, it looks like Machado realizes that time is winding down. As he’s adjusting his batting gloves, he tries to quickly call timeout when the realization sets in.

The irony here is that the pitch clock is supposed to speed up the game and increase fan enjoyment.

However, arguing the call clearly adds time to the game. And, fans probably came to the ballpark to see Manny Machado hit. Not for an umpire to call him out on a pitch clock violation and then eject him in the first inning.

Way to give the fans what they want, MLB!

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Written by Dan Zaksheske

Dan began his sports media career at ESPN, where he survived for nearly a decade. Once the Stockholm Syndrome cleared, he made his way to Outkick. He is secure enough in his masculinity to admit he is a cat-enthusiast with three cats, one of which is named “Brady” because his wife wishes she were married to Tom instead of him.

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