New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone fired to start 2023 season major league baseball season.
Boone was sent off in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Oriolesthe fourth ejection of the season for Boone and the third in the last 10 games.
The sixth-year manager was ejected in the third inning for arguing over fly balls and strikes, tangling with plate umpire Edwin Moscoso.
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Boone was upset about a few calls he felt were missed Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt on the mound.
The video shows Boone holding up four fingers while arguing with the referees, signaling that he felt four calls were missed.
Despite his anger at Moscoso, Boone wouldn’t advocate MLB using robot referees.
“Obviously he shouldn’t have thrown nearly 30 pitches in that first inning,” Boone said. “But no, I’m not advocating the robot. I think these guys mostly do a great job and work very hard at it. When you’re playing a lot, there’s going to be time issues. at time, as simple as that.”
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Boone said he didn’t appreciate Moscoso walking away from him as he pleaded his case.
“I shouldn’t have been kicked out of that game.” Boon said. “I was very calm, didn’t do much at all. And then Gucc was holding me back and just telling me – so I didn’t need to be held back. The dismissive attitude as he walked away, I opposed.”
The Yankees then lost the game and the series to the Orioles on Thursday, losing 3-1.
Schmidt was defeated in five innings and allowed an earned run on five hits.
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He made sure to note how much the team appreciates Boone’s support after his fourth ejection of the young season.
“I insisted on thanking him,” Schmidt said, according to MLB.com. “We are going to war there as ballplayers. We are fighting tooth and nail there. And to see your manager fighting tooth and nail for you too is a good feeling. I know that he’s always going to have our backs, and you saw that tonight.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.