Aaron Boone Defends Brett Gardner’s Dugout Antics After Ejections Vs. Indians

Ross Houston
August 20, 2019

Zach Plesac (6-4) was chased in the fifth. He turned around and questioned the call.

And both Boone and Brett Gardner said they have yet to hear from Major League Baseball about whether banging a bat on the roof of the dugout is cause for being tossed, but Boone said he would talk to the veteran outfielder about not doing it during tense moments, as he did on Saturday.

Boone came rushing from the dugout to confront May, and engaged in an animated argument.

That's when Boone rushed out for another go at May, with Hallion coming in from second base, trying to quell the beef.

Before the next pitch was thrown, May glanced at the dugout and bench coach Josh Bard began arguing.


Gardner was then ejected after banging his bat against the dugout roof - it's become his habit when he gets upset - and then he climbed over the railing to continue to the dispute with Cuzzi.

For the third time in a month - each time with a minor league call-up umpire behind the plate - the team with the best record in the American League lost its temper in a big way. And on July 18, Boone screamed and hollered at a rookie umpire, leading to the expletive-filled rant that prompted the manager to call his hitters "savages" in the batter's box. His seeming disinterest appeared to lull the runner at third base, Cameron Maybin, into a false sense of security, only for Puig to shift gears and launch a rocket to home plate in order to get Maybin out and end the inning.

Maybin was rung up on a 3-2 pitch that looked outside after Gleyber Torres hit his second solo homer of the afternoon with one out in the Yankees sixth to increase their lead to 6-4.

The New York Yankees activated left-hander CC Sabathia from the 10-day injured list on Sunday, in time for a start against the Cleveland Indians in their series finale.

In the fourth inning, Carlos Santana realized he hasn't hit a home run yet and joined the club.


In Atlanta, Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh to produce a four-run rally and send Los Angeles on its way to a win over the Braves.

Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless ninth for his 35 save in 40 chances.

Some of Boone's frustration stems from the fact he had to use DH Mike Ford on the mound for two innings against Cleveland.

Last week in Toronto, Gardner was thrown out of a game by umpire Chris Segal while he was sitting quietly on the bench in the dugout.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda struck out nine, including seven straight, but allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in 4⅔ innings in no-decision.


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