ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected from Game 2 of the AL division series against Texas.
Maddon was thrown out by plate umpire Jim Wolf in the fifth inning Thursday after Michael Young hit a three-run homer to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead — one pitch after a disputed check-swing.
Moments before, Young tried to stop his swing on a 2-2 pitch. Wolf appealed to first base umpire Jerry Meals, who ruled that Young held up in time. Rays players were incensed on the bench, and replays showed that Young probably went too far.
After the home run, Maddon left the dugout to talk with reliever Chad Qualls. The manager yelled at Meals from the mound, then argued with Wolf when the umpire arrived and was tossed.
It was the 16th time a manager was ejected from a postseason game and the first since Tony La Russa was thrown out of St. Louis’ 2-1 loss at Houston in Game 4 of the NL championship series on Oct. 16, 2005, according to research by STATS LLC.
Maddon also disputed a crucial call early in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Rangers. Plate umpire Tim Welke said a pitch hit Carlos Pena’s bat with the bases loaded, ruling it a foul tip. Maddon unsuccessfully argued that Pena was hit by the pitch.
Tampa Bay failed to score when Pena and Rocco Baldelli struck out.