David Bell ejection. Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25) is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Derek Thomas during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds skipper David Bell got ejected from Thursday’s game with the Chicago Cubs. And it’s safe to say he made the most of it.

Things have not gone particularly well for the Reds in their four-game series at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati did take Game 1, but Chicago responded with wins over the next two games, outscoring the Reds 36-15. And as things started to go south for the Reds in Thursday’s series finale, Bell got some things off of his chest.

Pitcher Luke Weaver retired Nick Madrigal and Mike Tauchman to start the bottom of the third inning. Weaver then struck out Nico Hoerner, but did so on a wild pitch. Hoerner reached base to extend the inning. Then, Ian Happ walked and Cody Bellinger singled to bring home Hoerner. Dansby Swanson then walked to load the bases. Following that, Weaver issued a pair of bases-loaded walks to Christopher Morel and Jeimer Candelario, bringing in two runs.

And while umpires have come received a lot of criticism in recent seasons, the calls from home plate umpire Derek Thomas were not controversial. But Bell, either not realizing that or, more likely, trying to spark his team, went out to argue.

The reaction was mixed. Plenty of observers, including the team’s own broadcasters, acknowledged that the pitches in question were correctly called.


But there was also plenty of commentary on Bell’s performance.


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