{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Gardy tossed for arguing in fourth inning

Manager disagrees with call when potential double-play grounder hits Tigers' Jackson

|
Gardy tossed for arguing in fourth inning play video for Gardy tossed for arguing in fourth inning

DETROIT -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for the first time this season in the fourth inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Tigers.

It came as a result of a strange play with the bases loaded and one out for the Tigers with right-hander Samuel Deduno on the mound for the Twins. Andrew Romine hit a ball to shortstop that likely would've ended the inning with a routine double play, but instead the ball struck Austin Jackson as he tried to advance from second to third. The play was ruled dead as a result, and Jackson was ruled out. The bases remained loaded, with Romine getting credited with a single.

But Gardenhire argued with third-base umpire Joe West that a double play should've been ruled, because Jackson obstructed shortstop Eduardo Escobar and prevented him from making the play.

"What you're taught as a baserunner in those situations is to try to screen the defender, but they were trying to say he didn't see the ball and kept running," Gardenhire said after the game. "But I watched the video, and he's looking right at the ball and trying to screen the defender. It's a judgment call, and in their opinion, he didn't let it intentionally hit him.

"Of course he didn't let it intentionally hit him, but he was trying to screen our defender on a routine double play, and he tried to jump and the ball hit him at the last second."

West threw Gardenhire out of the game after Gardenhire came out onto the field to argue the call. It was the 68th time Gardenhire has been thrown out of a game in his career, and the fourth time by West.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español