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Ichiro Suzuki Ejected for First Time from Baseball Game

He is in a close fight with Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins for the American League batting title. From AFP-

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki(notes) was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays for arguing a called third strike, the first time in his career he’s been thrown out of a game.The prolific hitter used his bat to draw a line on the outer edge of the plate, demonstrating that he thought David Purcey’s(notes) strike-three pitch was outside.

Home plate umpire Brian Runge immediately tossed Suzuki, who argued briefly before Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu walked him off the field.

Here’s the video of what happened.

Did Suzuki deserve being thrown out of a game for drawing a line in the dirt. I’ve seen players and coaches go apeshit towards an umpire and not get ejected.

GI at ROK Drop writes-

I have to say that has to be about the lamest ejection I have ever seen given by umpire for ejecting someone for drawing a line in the dirt. I am willing to bet the umpire was just trying to make a name for himself and it worked.

The ejection was lame but I don’t think Runge was trying to make a name for himself. He just overreacted, IMHO.

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