The series between the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays was full of runs, and some questionable umpiring decisions.
On Tuesday, the White Sox won 7-6 in 12 innings, in a game that included one of the worst umpiring performances in recent memory.
Home plate umpire Doug Eddings made Angel Hernandez look like the best in the league.
On Wednesday afternoon, the teams played a new game, which the Blue Jays ended up winning, 9-5.
Before that game even started, one of the Blue Jays’ coaches was talking with the umpire crew and one of the officials sent him out.
Who knows what was said in that meeting!
It surely didn’t involve any compliments from Blue Jays coach Guillermo Martinez.
A Five-Game Suspension Seems Excessive For What Happened
MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted the league’s punishment for Martinez: it’s somewhat harsh, considering there wasn’t any physical action involved.
“Toronto coach Guillermo Martinez gets 5-game suspension for Wednesday’s pregame conduct toward umpiring crew in Chicago,” Heyman said.
Toronto coach Guillermo Martinez gets 5-game suspension for Wednesday’s pregame conduct toward umpiring crew in Chicago.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 24, 2022
One has to think there was a serious verbal accusation involved in the pregame incident, because that’s usually what players get for throwing at a hitter, or throwing a punch in an altercation.
It’s not clear whether the Blue Jays will appeal, but they most likely will.
The White Sox won on Monday and Tuesday, while the Blue Jays took Wednesday’s affair to avoid being swept.
Perhaps the coach was building frustrations over the first two games of the series and snapped at the umpire crew.
In any case, MLB handed an important punishment to Martinez.
Only God (and Martinez and the umpires) knows what was said in that meeting.