Yankees’ Aaron Boone rants about umpire’s behavior before ejection


May 26, 2023 | 1h02

Aaron Boone was again fired early Thursday night.

The manager was sent off for the second time in four games – and the third time in the last 10 – in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Boone was kicked out by plate umpire Edwin Moscoso for arguing for balls and strikes midway through the third inning, with Statcast showing at least several Clarke Schmidt pitches that were called balls were in the strike zone.

“I shouldn’t have been kicked out of that game,” Boone said.

The manager said he was surprised by the ejection and was more upset by it — and Moscoso’s “dismissive” behavior — than by the calls themselves.

“He wasn’t going to deal with me,” Boone said. “I really haven’t done much (since the dugout). I thought there were some blatant things going on and he was very dismissive. … I don’t think that warranted being expelled by any means.

Aaron Boone argues with the referees during the Yankees’ loss to the Orioles on May 25.

Schmidt emerged unscathed from the first three innings, but needed 29 pitches to get past the first inning and threw 97 pitches in his five-inning outing.

After being ejected by Moscoso, Boone came onto the field and yelled at him, and possibly spat on Moscoso, which could warrant a suspension, although Boone said he didn’t believe him.

“I hope not,” Boone said.

Boone became more visibly angry when Moscoso turned and walked away from him, and the manager was restrained by team manager Chris Guccione and bench coach Carlos Mendoza, but Boone insisted on the fact that he wasn’t going to go after Moscoso.

He also clarified that despite his frustration with Moscoso — and his recent penchant for getting kicked out of games — he’s not in favor of introducing an automated ball-striking system for majors, like the one used at Triple. -A this season, which drew negative reviews from Yankees pitchers Luis Severino and Ryan Weber.

“I’m not advocating for robo-referees,” Boone said. “I think those guys, for the most part, do a great job and work really hard at it. When you play a lot, there will be problems from time to time. It’s that simple.”

Aaron Boone argues with the referees during the Yankees’ loss to the Orioles on May 25.

Aaron Boone argues with the referees during the Yankees’ loss to the Orioles on May 25.

Boone was also sent off in the Yankees’ win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday.

In that one, he was thrown out late in the first inning after a replay went in favor of the Reds, believing right fielder Jake Bauers botched a ball into fair territory instead of a foul.

Boone was not arguing that game, but rather that the umpires allowed Jonathan India to score from first base on the play.

During the live play, first base umpire Nestor Ceja signaled it was a foul ball, so Bauers had no reason to get up quickly after the slide attempt and try to throw. home to bring India back.

But team manager Brian O’Nora announced the Reds’ challenge was successful and Spencer Steer’s fly ball was actually just for a brace, also saying India would be awarded home plate.

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