Veteran umpire apologizes for Bumgarner ejection


Veteran umpire Dan Bellino has issued an apology after ejecting Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner within the first inning of Wednesday’s sport in opposition to the Miami Marlins.

“I wish to deal with my actions on Might 4 involving Madison Bumgarner,” the assertion mentioned. “After I started my MLB profession virtually 15 years in the past, I acquired some good recommendation. I used to be advised to umpire each sport as if my youngsters have been sitting within the entrance row. I fell in need of these expectations this week. Whereas I can not return and alter what occurred, I take full accountability. I’ll be taught from this incident, and I sincerely apologize.”

Bumgarner, 32, was thrown out on the finish of the inning throughout a routine verify of his arms and glove for sticky substances. A fierce argument between the 2 ensued with Diamondbacks personnel needing to restrain Bumgarner. The scenario escalated for a number of minutes earlier than Bumgarner lastly calmed down.

Bellino was disciplined for the incident, in response to a supply aware of the scenario, although he is working the collection between the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers this weekend.

Bumgarner is not going to face additional self-discipline.

“You guys have seen the video,” Bumgarner mentioned after the sport on Wednesday. “I do not know if I might say something that might make the scenario higher.”

Bellino claimed Bumgarner was tossed for utilizing profanity directed at him. Earlier within the inning the veteran pitcher confirmed some frustration at a ball/strike name by house plate umpire Ryan Willis. That got here minutes earlier than the confrontation with Bellino.

It is extraordinarily uncommon for an umpire to difficulty a public apology although Bellino felt it was obligatory on this case.

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