Jeremy Pena and umpire Jerry Layne

Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña did not like a call in Tuesday’s game.

Home plate umpire Jerry Layne did not like the fact that Peña did not like the call.

Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón did not like the call either, or Layne’s actions afterward.

Add it all up and you get a bizarre umpire-batter confrontation at home plate followed by an ejection.

The trouble started in the bottom of the third inning, when Minnesota Twins ace Joe Ryan threw a pitch that was slightly outside, and Layne called a strike.

Peña immediately began questioning the call, glancing a couple of times in Layne’s direction. It was not the first questionable call by Layne during the game. In fact, Peña, the 2022 World Series MVP, might have been saying something about a called strike in his first at-bat when he talked back to Layne.

Suddenly, Layne leaned into the batter’s box to confront Peña, creating a strange scene.

Meanwhile, Cintrón angrily protested the situation from the dugout, earning a quick ejection.

It was just the latest umpires gone wild incident in MLB, most seemingly arising from balls and strikes disputes. For many fans, the automated strike zone can’t come soon enough. Twitter quickly reacted to Layne’s inappropriate behavior…

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