“I asked the home plate umpire, ‘Can you get some help?’ and he said he already asked him,” Baker explained after the game. “And then he said he [was] too far away to see and I said, ‘He clearly foul tipped it and hit the dirt.’ I mean, I could see that. Big time. So he said he was too far away and you know evidently he could see because couldn’t hear me I don’t think. And so he said he could hear me say ‘You can’t see anyway.’ So he ejected me and it was a bad call and there’s no way I should have been ejected.”
It was the first ejection in Baker’s tenure as Nationals manager; he went all of 2016 without getting thrown out of a game. Bench coach Chris Speier, who managed three games for Baker earlier this season, assumed the managerial duties with the game tied 1-1.