Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner ejected after tempers flare during substance check

Madison Bumgarner lasted one inning and one substance check on Wednesday. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher was ejected from his start against the Miami Marlins after an argument with first base umpire Dan Bellino resulted in the southpaw having to be pulled away by bench coach Jeff Banister.

Bumgarner did not appear to be ejected for having a sticky substance of any sort on his hand. Rather, it seemed he and Bellino had some simmering tension when the two came into contact for the mandatory foreign substance hand check, resulting in a comment from Bumgarner and an immediate ejection from the umpire.

Some of the lip readers of Twitter believed Bumgarner to have said “take your f***ing time,” but that is unconfirmed.

Bumgarner finished his day with one innings pitched, one hit, one earned run, no walks, and no strikeouts. He had been visibly annoyed in the first inning after a couple of close pitches weren’t called strikes. One of those pitches preceded a leadoff home run to the Marlins’ Jon Berti.

Bellino must not have been happy with that reaction. The umpire went out of his way to violate the cardinal rule of Madison Bumgarner: “Don’t look at me.”

As the Diamondbacks’ cable affiliate helpfully notes, umpires rarely use a foreign substance check to stare down a player for several seconds.


The Diamondbacks replaced Bumgarner with reliever Corbin Martin, who pitched four innings and allowed three hits and two earned runs while walking four and striking out three. The ejection was the opening act of what turned out to be a final game, in which Arizona won 8-7 thanks to a two-run homer from Pavin Smith in the ninth inning.

After the game, Bumgarner shrugged off the interaction and praised his team for rallying after he exited. From ESPN:

“You guys have seen the video,” Bumgarner said. “I don’t know if I could say anything that would make the situation better. What I am going to say is I’m extremely proud of our team, for coming back. I didn’t go into the game to throw one inning. Everyone picked me up today.”

Bumgarner entered the game on a strong run to open the season, with a 1.17 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 23 innings across five starts.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *