Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes was ejected from Monday's game with the A's despite barely arguing a call against him. Jun 12, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes (17) argues with Home Plate Umpire Manny Gonzalez after being ejected from the game against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to six games on Monday with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Included in that game was an ejection that, even for MLB umpire standards, was baffling.

With the Rays trailing 4-0, Tampa’s Isaac Paredes came to the plate in the sixth inning with one man on and one man out. Paredes took the first pitch from Oakland’s James Kaprielian for a strike.

After the pitch, Paredes readjusted his batting gloves. He didn’t seem to agree with the call but was hardly verbose about it, making a few comments about it. That was too much for Gonzalez to take and the home plate umpire ejected Paredes.

Umpires have been a source of a lot of frustration from fans in recent seasons. The calls they make are often spotty and the worst umpires are rarely made to answer for their mistakes.

In this instance, the pitch that Gonzalez called a strike wasn’t down the middle, but wasn’t much worse than a 50-50 call, either. But while baseball fans weren’t up in arms about Gonzalez’s call, they were frustrated with his thin skin.

Ultimately, what did Gonzalez do here? He created a conflict when one didn’t exist and then made the game about himself.

That’s not being a good umpire.

[Jomboy Media]

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