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#pounditMonday, July 22, 2024

Angels manager Phil Nevin brings the theatrics after being ejected by Phil Cuzzi

Phil Nevin pointing

Phil Nevin had his own Aaron Boone moment on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Angels manager Nevin was ejected in the fifth inning of the Angels-Seattle Mariners game for protesting a bad strike call by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. On a 3-2 pitch to Shohei Ohtani, Cuzzi called Ohtani out on strikes (when the ball appeared to be clearly off the plate). The always respectful Ohtani even outwardly protested Cuzzi’s call for a moment.

The Angels were trailing 5-2 with runners on second and third and two outs at the time. Had Cuzzi called the pitch correctly, Ohtani would have drawn a walk, and Mike Trout would have been batting with the bases loaded. But instead, it was an inning-ending strikeout to stamp out the Halos’ hopes.

Nevin started chirping from the home dugout and was soon ejected from the game by Cuzzi. That absolutely set Nevin off. He came charging out of the dugout and went nose-to-nose with Cuzzi, screaming at Cuzzi in a rage.

At one point, Nevin physically went to home plate and emphatically pointed to where that pitch had been.

Cuzzi is very quickly earning a reputation as one of the worst umpires in baseball. Just a few weeks ago, Cuzzi was sharply criticized for his blown calls during a game involving the other Los Angeles team.

As for Nevin, he is probably just fed up with these types of calls going against his club. Earlier this month, the Angels were already hosed by another horrific strike-three call.


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