Three New York Yankees were ejected during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, and one player who was somewhat involved believes the home plate umpire was looking for a reason to toss some players.
Cameron Maybin was the batter who struck out looking on a questionable call, resulting in the series of events that got manager Aaron Boone and teammates Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia ejected. After the game, Maybin had his say, accusing plate umpire Ben May of “egging it on” and staring into the dugout. Maybin also decried the lack of accountability, noting that May would not have to answer for his actions to the media like players do.
Maybin on HP ump Ben May: "He was egging it on the whole time. I asked him a question. I asked him how can he make that call, he was very sure of himself that that pitch was right there. It wasn’t. After that it should have been over. He continued to stare into the dugout."
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 17, 2019
More Maybin on plate umpire Ben May: "You see it all the time. He won’t have to answer any questions like we do. That’s the sad part about it.”
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) August 17, 2019
Umpire accountability has become a frequent talking point for players, who are frustrated with the double standard. Plenty of players probably feel the same way that Maybin does about events like this.