MLB umpire 'sincerely apologizes' to Madison Bumgarner
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MLB umpire Dan Bellino admitted the mistake he made during Thursday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins as he apologized to Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner. In the first inning of the Diamondbacks and Marlins game, Bellino threw Bumgarner out of the game.
Toward the end of the first inning, an argument ensued between Bumgarner and Bellino during a check of the pitcher's hands and gloves for sticky substances. Bumgarner had to be held back by Diamondbacks personnel and he ended up being throw out of the game.
"I would like to address my actions on May 4 involving Madison Bumgarner," the statement said, per ESPN. "When I began my MLB career almost 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was told to umpire every game as if my children were sitting in the front row.
I fell short of those expectations this week. While I can't go back and change what happened, I take full accountability. I will learn from this incident, and I sincerely apologize."
Bellino ejected Bumgarner for profane language
"You guys have seen the video," Bumgarner said after the game on Wednesday.
"I don't know if I could say anything that would make the situation better." Meanwhile. the Diamondbacks claimed a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. On Friday, Merrill Kerry continued his strong start to the season as the Diamondbacks pitcher has a 1.23 ERA through his six starts.
“I just think it's a mentality,” Kelly said. “I'm more comfortable in this locker room, I'm more comfortable on that mound, I know I can compete with anybody and everybody. There's no getting my feet wet anymore”.
Kelly is quickly establishing himself as one of the key pieces of the Diamondbacks rotation. “Once again, it was Merrill's day,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He went out there and was dealing. On a day where there was still a little bit of fatigue in the bullpen, he gave everybody a rest”.