Veteran umpire apologizes for Bumgarner ejection
7: 52 PM ET
Jesse RogersESPN Staff Writer
- Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.
” I would like to address my actions regarding Madison Bumgarner on May 4. “When I began my MLB career almost 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was instructed to umpire every game like my children were in the front row. This week, I failed to meet those expectations. I am fully responsible for what I did wrong, even though I cannot go back and make amends. I will learn from this experience and I deeply apologize. “
Bumgarner, 32, was thrown out at the end of the inning during a routine check of his hands and glove for sticky substances. Bumgarner and Diamondbacks personnel got into a heated argument. Bumgarner eventually calmed down after the situation escalated for several more minutes.
Bumgarner will not face further discipline.
” You guys have seen the video,” Bumgarner stated after Wednesday’s game. “I don’t know if there is anything I can say that would improve the situation. “
Bellino claimed that Bumgarner was thrown because he used profanity towards him. The veteran pitcher expressed frustration earlier in the inning at Ryan Willis’s ball/strike call. This was just minutes before Bellino confronted him.
Although it’s rare for umpires to publicly apologize, Bellino felt it was necessary here.
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