Yankees’ Aaron Boone goes ballistic, gets ejected after controversial call by umpires ends in Guardians’ favor
The new MLB rules came into question in Wednesday’s matinee between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, and it quickly led to Yankees manager Aaron Boone getting fired.
With one out and runners on second and third base for Cleveland, Josh Naylor blasted a single into center field where Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks came charging in. He ended up slipping, and in real time he wanted to catch it before it hit the ground.
Not only that, he also had to end the inning after doubling the runner at second base.
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But that’s when things got weird.
A full commercial break returned to the four umpires discussing what happened in the half innings.
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“Very interesting conference on the mound,” said YES Network play-by-play announcer Michael Kay. “All four umpires. The guardians are off the field. [and] They showed a replay of the catch on the big board in left field, and the crowd went crazy because it was obvious Hicks didn’t make the catch.”
After discussion, the umpires overturned the call, allowing a run for the Guardians instead of a double play at the end of the inning.
Now, new MLB rules state that a team has 15 seconds after the ball is deemed dead to challenge the call on the field. Guardians manager Terry Francona did nothing, instead the umpires decided to overturn the call after a long break.
Boon immediately took to the field to question the umpires’ decisions, not the game in hand. It was clear that Hicks tripped the ball instead of catching it, which would have allowed Steven Kwan to score anyway. What Boone was mad about was that the initial call on the field was overturned without a challenge from Francona.
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Boon took the toss and gave the umpires his money before heading off for a quick shower. After an initial conversation that seemed civil enough, Boone became agitated when tossed, getting in the umpires’ faces before walking off.
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The loss, unfortunately for the Yankees, was not over when the innings resumed. Josh Bell’s single to right field scored Jose Ramirez to make it a 2-0 game.