Umpire Marty Foster ripped for quick ejection of Anthony Rendon
Home plate umpire Marty Foster had a very quick hook in Washington on Saturday, and fans on Twitter were not happy.
In the bottom of the third inning, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon took a called strike from New York Mets lefty Steven Matz. The pitch appeared to be low, but Foster, the home plate ump, didn’t think so. When Rendon threw his bat in frustration, Foster ejected him, despite the fact that Rendon didn’t say a word or even turn around.
Anthony Rendon didn't say anything or even look back at umpire Marty Foster, but he still got ejected.pic.twitter.com/8fzrWoGAZq
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 7, 2018
Anthony Rendon got ejected for this? pic.twitter.com/2moGgjPOWK
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) April 7, 2018
Fans and writers on Twitter were united in their distaste for Foster’s decision.
Anthony Rendon did not say a word. He dropped his bat and was immediately tossed. Don’t see that often, if ever.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) April 7, 2018
It doesn’t appear Anthony Rendon said a word or even looked at the ump. That’s terrible — and this is coming from a Mets fan who prefers Rendon out of the Nationals lineup. https://t.co/BlVx37mRPv
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) April 7, 2018
Marty Foster, the home-plate umpire in Washington who just ejected Anthony Rendon, should be suspended and/or fined for that embarrassing display. Rendon quite literally did nothing and was thrown out. He didn't say a word. Absolutely awful.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) April 7, 2018
Anthony Rendon literally DID NOT SAY A WORD. #UmpShow
— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) April 7, 2018
Anthony Rendon being ejected for saying nothing and dropping his bat after being called out on strikes may be the biggest overreaction by an umpire I've ever seen.
— Steve Gardner (@SteveAGardner) April 7, 2018
This ump should never work another game https://t.co/yiiKCqdCEN
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 7, 2018
We’ve seen some weird ejections before, but this one seems to be one of the most unwarranted. Rendon’s bat toss was a clear act of frustration, but he said nothing and made no effort to show up the umpire. Foster should be embarrassed.