Yankees manager Aaron Boone picked up his third ejection in 10 games while arguing a questionable strikezone against the Orioles.
You can go ahead and add Aaron Boone ejections to the old adage about “death and taxes.”
Boone expressed his annoyance with the strike zone called by home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso as the Yankees battled the Orioles on Thursday night. His complaints ultimately got him ejected in the middle of the third inning.
Here’s video of how it went down:
It doesn’t take a professional lip reader to figure out what Boone was saying. He was arguing balls and strikes. And there seems to be a good reason or it.
The strike zone did look pretty inconsistent when the Orioles were up to bat versus went they Yankees were at the plate.
You can see quite a few questionable strike calls in favor of Baltimore pitcher Kyle Gibson while New York’s Clarke Schmidt had similar pitches ruled as balls.
Boone is now in the lead for the most ejections this season with four. He led all managers last year with nine ejections. It seems he’s coming for that crown again despite telling the Talking Yanks podcast that he wants to “slow that pace” in terms of ejections.
Three of those four ejections have come in the last 10 games for the Yankees. The manager was tossed on Sunday in the first inning against the Reds after the umpires overturned a call but allowed a runner to score off the play.
On May 15, Boone may have helped set off an avalanche when he argued over the strike zone and got ejected. Shortly after Aaron Judge was accused of cheating when he was caught peeking towards his dugout during an at-bat. His explanation was that he was looking at his teammates who were still chirping after the ejection.
New York won both of those games. At the time of Boone’s ejection on Thursday, the Yankees and Orioles were in a 0-0 deadlock.
The manager now has more ejections in the last 10 games than his team has losses. So hey, maybe it’s working.