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Rays Maddon ejected after aggressive argument




Here is a link to a video of Maddon's tirade.


UPDATE, 5:27: Maddon said the premise of his argument was that 2B umpire Dana DeMuth had no business overturning a call made at first base by 1B Doug Eddings, which was that Floyd had bobbled the throw and that Johnson was safe.

"The play was overturned from over 100 feet away, which I didn't like,'' Maddon said. "And I also believe if they are going to overturn that call we should just go back to Mr. (Armando) Galarraga and give him a perfect game. I think they're pretty much an equivalent kind of a call.''

(Galarraga, pitching for Detroit last June, was denied the perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce, admittedly, blew the safe/out call at first on Jason Donald's grounder.)

"I've never seen that call made before, where an umpire calls a bobble and then it's overturned from a great distance. I really did not like that - obviously,'' Maddon said.

DEVELOPING: Rays Maddon ejected after very aggressive between innings argument. Went face to face with two umps, pointed at others, apparently ejecting them.

Maddon came back on the field after ejection to talk further with home plate ump Paul Nauert, not as aggressive.

He was upset when umps reversed a call at first base, Dan Johnson appeared safe when pitcher Gavn Floyd was juggling ball as he came off base. First base ump Doug Eddings called Johnson safe, but then after Sox manager Ozzie Guillen came out the umpires huddled and called Johnson out, taking a run off the board and ending the inning.

Maddon charged out, went face to face with both Eddings and DeMuth, then pointed at all four umps and was ejected by DeMuth.

It was the 17th career ejection for Maddon, first this season.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:15am]


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