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Watch: Joe Maddon ejected for arguing balls and strikes

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon was ejected from Thursday night’s Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game for arguing balls and strikes.

Maddon was upset with a strike call on Victor Caratini in bottom of the fifth. Joe Musgrove threw a breaking ball that crossed at the knees and was called a strike by umpire Mike Estabrook. Maddon thought it should have been ball four, so he protested. He came out of the dugout despite being warned not to by Estabrook and was tossed as a result.

Maddon may have been irritated about the zone, but the truth is the pitch crossed the plate in the strike zone and was a good call by Estabrook.

Maddon was probably ticked off because he’s desperate. His Cubs have started the season 3-8 and were in a scoreless game. Had that pitch been called a ball, the Cubs would have had the bases loaded with only one out. Instead, the strike call made it a full count and Caratini struck out. The Cubs ended up stranding both runners, keeping things scoreless.

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