The fifth-inning ejections of Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Jeff Banister on Sunday were the result of a mistaken identity by one umpire and an itchy trigger finger of another.
Beltre was ejected from the dugout by plate ump Adam Hamari after a disputed strike call against Ryan Strausborger with no outs and Rougned Odor at second after a leadoff double with the Rangers trailing 2-1.
They eventually won 4-2.
Beltre, though, said that Prince Fielder was the chief offender, a claim Fielder confirmed by yelling his jersey number to Hamari. Beltre was unaware that he had been ejected and started talking to Ron Kulpa, the crew chief who was working first base.
“My teammate over there, Prince, was the one who said something. I guess I was the ugly one, so he threw me out,” said Beltre, ejected for the third time in his career. “The thing is we’re always wrong, the players. The umpire is always right. We can’t say a lot, because then we get in trouble.”
After Banister returned from the dugout to inform Beltre he had been ejected, Beltre was at the other end of the dugout talking to Kulpa. Kulpa then ejected Banister, which again set off Banister.
Kulpa told a pool reporter that he gave Banister leeway during the first argument.
“He was out there protecting his player, so I let him have his say and he went back to the dugout,” Kulpa said. “When Beltre found out he had been ejected, he continued to yell at me about being ejected. Banister didn’t get him into the locker room, so at that point, Banister was ejected. For not helping me get him out of there, yes. At that point, Beltre is just delaying the game by continuing the argument.”