MLB stands by Brett Gardner ejection despite umpire misidentifying him
Major League Baseball admitted that home plate umpire Chris Segal mistook Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner for a teammate in last Friday’s game — but he still deserved his ejection.
Segal ejected Gardner during Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays despite the fact that he was sitting quietly on the bench at the time. MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre admitted Tuesday that Segal thought teammate Cameron Maybin was Gardner — but also said Gardner’s actions in the game still warranted an ejection.
Joe Torre said that, after a review, Brett Gardner did/said enough that game in Toronto to deserve an ejection, even if the ump mistook his voice for Cameron Maybin’s.
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) August 13, 2019
Gardner was fuming after the ejection, and it seems he had a point. It’s not a great look for MLB even if Gardner otherwise deserved it.