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Mariners’ Keon Broxton Ejected After Batting Glove Hits Home Plate Umpire

Strike out and thrown out. Rough night for Keon Broxton… and well, a pretty rough year as he is batting sub .200. Still, this really wasn’t his night.

Source (USA Today) – The Seattle Mariners outfielder was ejected by home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez in the second inning of the team’s 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park on Monday after Broxton took offense to Gonzalez’s strike three call. 

Left-hander J.A. Happ’s 3-2 offering, the seventh pitch of the at-bat, caught the outer edge of the plate. Broxton disagreed and whipped his bat in disgust and discarded his helmet. 

That caught the attention of Gonzalez, who was watching Broxton when he peeled off his left batting glove and flung it in Gonzalez’s direction, hitting him in the face. Gonzalez ejected him on the spot. 

“I didn’t know I hit him until I turned around and he told me,” Broxton told reporters. “I just heard the crowd after a couple seconds after I let the batting glove release. I turned around and he said, ‘You hit me in the face. You’re out.’ I was like, ‘Argh. I did not mean to do that at all.'”

Broxton’s transgression could trigger a suspension from Major League Baseball. According to the official rulebook, a player commits unsportsmanlike conduct if he makes “intentional contact with the umpire in any manner.” Yankees manager Aaron Boone served a one-game suspension earlier this season when his hat inadvertently touched the bill of the umpire’s lid during his “savages in the box” disagreement.

“The odds of that happening are very slim. It’s really unfortunate it happened, but it’s all on me,” Broxton said. That’s a lesson learned. I can handle things in a better way. I could have just walked to the dugout and put my stuff down and gone back out there, regardless of how I felt about the call. I take full responsibility for it.

“It’s a bad look. It’s a bad look for the organization and a bad look for me. I definitely regret doing it. I learned from it. Now I know. You just can’t do stuff like that. That’s not how baseball should be played anyway.”

The New York Mets traded for Broxton this past offseason, but designated him for assignment in May. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for international slot money and Seattle claimed him off waivers last month. 

The 29-year-old is batting .173 with six homers and a .526 OPS this season. 

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