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#pounditTuesday, June 18, 2024

Anthony Rendon trolls umpire CB Bucknor with photos from at-bat after game

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was ejected from Tuesday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing a called third strike, and he found a unique way of continuing to state his case after the game was over.

Rendon was called out on strikes by home plate umpire CB Bucknor with the game tied 0-0 in the top of the seventh. There were runners on first and second with two out, and the count was 0-2. Rendon took a pitch that he felt was off the plate, and he tapped the ground next to the plate to demonstrate where he believed it missed. That led to an immediate ejection from Bucknor.

Umpires reserve the right to automatically eject players for arguing balls and strikes, and doing so with a physical demonstration is almost always going to lead to that outcome. While Rendon admitted after the game that he should not have gotten himself ejected in such a tight contest, that didn’t stop him from trolling Bucknor by printing out photos that showed the pitch was off the plate.

Depending on which technology you use, a case can be made for either Rendon or Bucknor. This shows that the pitch missed outside, but not by much:

Bucknor has created a name for himself by making some brutal calls over the years, but that pitch seemed too close for Rendon to take in that situation. Bucknor is not the only umpire who would have called it a strike.

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