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#pounditMonday, April 22, 2024

Padres pitcher was ejected for encouraging teammate

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San Diego Padres lefty Matt Strahm was on the receiving end of one of the season’s more ridiculous ejections over the weekend.

Strahm was one of three Padres tossed from Saturday’s contest against the Colorado Rockies along with infielder Manny Machado and manager Andy Green. Strahm was not even in the game but was yelling from the top of the dugout steps.

Afterwards, Padres reporter Bob Scanlan revealed that Strahm was essentially ejected for shouting words of encouragement to teammate Phil Maton, who was on the mound at the time. Home plate umpire Bill Welke thought Strahm said, “Come on Bill!” when he was really yelling, “Come on Phil!”

It’s not quite the worst ejection we have seen in baseball this month, but it’s still a pretty unique way to get sent to the showers early.

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