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The Philadelphia Phillies weren’t putting up much of a fight against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, but one Dodger player did stand-up for the Phillies even if they didn’t themselves. Philadelphia relief pitcher Yacksel Rios plunked Justin Turner in the knee with a breaking ball that got away from him. Shockingly, home plate umpire Doug Eddings lost his cool and tossed Rios from the game. Turner in response came to the pitcher’s defense and tried to talk Eddings out of his call. What makes this even stranger is that none of Rios’ previous pitches were even erratic.
It might be worthwhile to review the process for issuing warnings/ejections. Perhaps have umpires confer briefly. No need to force a split second decision that can’t be remedied. It could help avoid silly warnings/ejections and adjudicate intentional HBPs more consistently. https://t.co/NFkGTEv09L pic.twitter.com/0sISln7qPK
— Nick Francona (@NickFrancona) July 16, 2019