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Yasiel Puig leaves helmet, bat at home plate after being ejected

Yasiel Puig left a parting gift on the field after being ejected from Tuesday’s game between his Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Angels.

Puig was tossed from the game after striking out looking in the top of the sixth inning. He was upset about a strike call on an inside breaking ball on the first pitch that put him behind in the count. The third pitch was a strike low and outside and caught him looking. After the bad call on the first pitch, Puig may have been expecting a makeup call that he didn’t get on the third and looked at umpire Kerwin Danley after the call. Danley had no tolerance and immediately ejected Puig, who then got in the umpire’s face and began cursing at him.

Reds manager David Bell eventually came out to talk with Danley, all while Puig remained on the field and spoke with one of the other members of the umpiring crew to share his side. Then when Bell was also ejected, Puig dumped his helmet and bat at home plate.

Puig was 0-for-3 in the game.

If he ends up getting some additional discipline from the league for his ejection, it could be because of his extra step of putting his gear on the field after being tossed.

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