Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended in the first inning after umpires overturned a decision to allow a Cincinnati Reds run to score… even though New York stopped the game on a foul ball call
- Jake Bauers was unable to make a play on what was initially ruled a foul ball
- But it proved fair and the Reds scored – with Boone throwing furiously
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected from his team’s game against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning after an overturned foul ball call.
With the Reds’ Jonathan India on first base, Cincinnati’s Spencer Steer fired the ball down the first base line.
Right fielder Jake Bauers ran in to try to field the ball, only to have it pop out of his glove. His bobbling attempt to corral the ball was in vain as it fell to his side.
First base umpire Nestor Ceja raised both his hands to indicate it was a foul ball, but India continued to run home – eventually reaching it before returning to first base.
But on further review, Bauers touched the ball in fair territory, it just bobbled and was fouled. Reds manager David Bell challenged the call and overturned it, meaning the run scored.
A furious Aaron Boone was ejected for a controversial umpire’s call for the Reds on Sunday
It was the second time in a week that Boone had been ejected from a Yankees game
Yankees outfielder Jake Bauers was unable to make a play on what was ruled a foul ball
But the umpires called it back, allowing a Reds run to score and leading to Boone’s ejection
Boone stormed out of the dugout furious and began arguing his case with second base umpire Brian O’Nora – claiming that Ceja’s decision to call it a foul meant the Yankees thought the play was dead. that and therefore, they did not make a play at the plate.
But O’Nora seems to have had enough of Boone, throwing him out despite it being only the first inning.
Boone is furious, yelling at O’Nora before going over to Ceja and yelling at her as well.
The Yankees played the remainder of the game without their skipper and scored runs on a Harrison Bader two-run home run in the fifth inning.
And the Yankees went on to record a 4-1 victory on Sunday, bringing their record for the season to 29-20.
After the game, Boone spoke to the YES Network explaining his anger and what happened on the infield with O’Nora.
‘It’s obviously a fair ball and we know that,’ Boone explained. ‘And when they said he scored, I took exception to that.’
‘[I] at least wanted to know the explanation for it and didn’t really get that. Basically just saying, you can’t argue this. I said I want an explanation. But in the end, I think the way the ball dropped, I think you can make the case that he scored there.’
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell was also ejected from the game later
The Yankees won the game thanks to home runs from Harrison Bader (L) and Gleyber Torres (R)
Later, Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell was also ejected from the contest. That marked the first time this season both managers had been ejected from a game.
Boone was also thrown earlier in the week against the Blue Jays earlier in the week for angrily arguing with plate umpire Clint Vondrak on a slider that was in the bottom of the zone but called a strike against Aaron Judge.
It sparked an argument between the dugouts that prompted questions about whether Aaron Judge was receiving signals on incoming Blue Jays pitches because of his sideways glances before hitting a big home run.
The judge said he was instead trying not to get distracted by the unrest in the two camps.