Watch: Manager, Umpire Mask Up, Stay Socially Distant For Argument

Being upset with umpires is nothing new for baseball. Watching a manager put on his mask, stay at a safe distance, and then not get ejected after a discussion certainly is.

That is what happened during the third inning for Pirates manager Derek Shelton during Sunday’s game in St. Louis.

As you can see in the video below, a Pirate player — who was sitting in the stands, not the dugout — was ejected for hollering about balls and strike calls. That is when Shelton sprung into action to express his displeasure with the hook.

To cut down on the risk of spreading the virus, MLB made rule changes for engaging between coach, player, and umpire.

“Prohibitions against unsportsmanlike conduct will be strictly enforced to prevent unnecessary physical contact and support physical distancing between individuals on the playing field,” a league press release read. “In this respect, players and managers should maintain physical distancing from all umpires and opposing players on the playing field whenever possible. Players or managers who leave their positions to argue with umpires, come within six feet of an umpire or opposing player or manager for the purpose of argument, or engage in altercations on the field are subject to immediate ejection and discipline, including fines and suspensions.”

The Pirates are not going to win many games this year, but it is nice to see its new manager following the league guidelines.

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  1. Protesters can come within inches of a cop, get in their face, scream, kick and holler (among other things) without getting arrested but a baseball manager can’t come within 6 feet of an umpire — with a mask on — in a vacant stadium to argue an egregious error during a shortened season.

    2020.

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