Dan Bellino, MLB umpire who sent off Madison Bumgarner, apologizes for his behavior

Dan Bellino, MLB umpire who sent off Madison Bumgarner, apologizes for his behavior

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Dan Bellino, the referee who ejected Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner from a game earlier this week against the Miami Marlins, apologized for his actions on Friday.

“I would like to address my actions on May 4 involving Madison Bumgarner,” Bellino said in a statement to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “When I started my career in MLB almost 15 years ago, I received good advice. I was told to officiate every game as if my children were sitting in the front row. I don’t did not meet those expectations this week. While I cannot go back and change what happened, I take full responsibility. I will learn from this incident and I sincerely apologize.

Bellino, the first base umpire, ejected Bumgarner after the end of the first inning and during a foreign substance check. Bumgarner was not thrown out for violating Major League Baseball’s rules on grip-enhancing substances, which would have triggered a 10-game suspension. Rather, Bumgarner’s ejection stemmed from words exchanged between the pitcher and Bellino, who prompted the spat by looking at the pitcher’s face while slowly checking his hand.

Here is the video of the incident.

“I know why I was cast, yes,” Bumgarner said after the game. “I don’t know if I can say anything that would make the situation better, so what I’m going to say is I’m extremely proud that our team came back and won today because I put us in a big hole there Obviously you didn’t come into the game with the intention of throwing an inning so so that they could fight and everybody came to pick me up today so that would happen produce, it’s pretty amazing. Very proud.”

Rogers noted in a tweet that Pretty been punished by the league, but he is working this weekend as part of the officiating staff for the series between the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros. As such, Bellino was probably only fined.

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