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Major League Baseball has cracked down on sticky substances used to increase pitcher’s spin rates. Which leads us to today’s debacle. D-Backs pitcher Madison Bumgarner was in the middle of one of those post-inning checks and it ended up being the most awkward video in baseball history.
Ejected for arguing how the review went down. What are we doing?
When the palm reader tells me my credit score
— Gary Sheffield Jr. (@GarysheffieldJr) May 4, 2022
Here’s the full ejection:
Madison Bumgarner getting ejected right after a hand massage is hilarious pic.twitter.com/jDPbZV8iVL
— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) May 4, 2022
Bumgarner, along with the rest of the league’s pitchers, are no strangers to the sticky substance check, but problem here is how it was done. It’s abundantly clear that the umpire had a bone to pick with MadBum. That look on the face of first base umpire Dan Bellin is creepy and suggests premeditation.
To be fair, Madison Bumgarner has always been difficult to navigate, however check out this video of the opposing pitcher’s check:
The difference between MadBum's and Hernandez's hand checks is striking. pic.twitter.com/CRPOuRXBUE
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) May 4, 2022
Disciplinary action is mandatory
Dan Bellino should either be fired or suspended immediately following the conclusion of today’s game. Commissioner Rob Manfred has been known to botch decisions like his two-year suspension on Trevor Bauer — he can’t mess this one up though. And this story isn’t going away either because we’re surely getting comment out of Bumgarner post-game, and we’d have to imagine Bellino or his reps release a statement as well.
Good grief, what’s happened to Major League Baseball?