Orioles Manager Buck Showalter was frustrated with first-year umpire Gabe Morales’s strike zone Sunday, but it was an overturned call on a transfer play at second base in the seventh inning that prompted him to earn his first ejection of the season.
Showalter came out of the dugout to argue after umpires determined, following a two-and-a-half minute replay review, that Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not control the ball long enough after receiving a throw from shortstop Ryan Flaherty. Schoop, who had a force play at second base, dropped the ball as he attempted to take it out of his glove to make the throw to first.
“Ball’s in back of the glove, just like the old rule, new rule, old rule,” Showalter said after Baltimore’s 8-3 loss. “They changed it out of spring, then they changed it back to the old rule. Today, it got changed back to the other one, so what are you going to do?”
What are you going to do? Argue, which is automatic grounds for ejection. Then gesticulate wildly. Finally, ask — no, demand — that the umpires give you the headset to talk to the review officials in New York while pantomiming putting on a headset. Showalter’s request was denied.
“I wasn’t waiting around for that one,” Showalter said, when asked whether the umpires offered an explanation for the call. “I was hoping to talk to New York, but they wouldn’t let me.”