Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner was ejected for arguing with an umpire after he pitched one inning against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami. Bumgarner was restrained by teammates and coaches as the argument took place, shortly after a check of his hands for a foreign substance between innings.
The 32-year-old Bumgarner had given up a leadoff home run to the Marlins’ third baseman Jon Berti before retiring the next three hitters. After throwing just 13 pitches (allowing one hit, one run and no walks), first base umpire Dan Bellino checked Bumgarner’s left pitching hand for substances on his way off the field, and per MLB protocol, another umpire checked the hand of Marlins starter Elieser Hernandez.
Bumgarner and the Bellino then exchanged words, while Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and Bumgarner’s teammates stepped in between the argument. Bumgarner attempted to fight through those holding him back to get the Bellino, and was then ejected and replaced by relief pitcher Corbin Martin.
Bumgarner is a four-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and former World Series MVP. He entered the game with a 1-1 record and 1.17 ERA, with 15 strikeouts in five starts.
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