Yankees Manager Aaron Boone Moves On From Erroneous Ejection by Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt

Yankees manager Boone ready to move on from "embarrassing" ejection by umpire Wendelstedt, who mistook fan's heckling for Boone's. Incident highlights ongoing issues with umpiring accountability in MLB.

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Yankees Manager Aaron Boone Moves On From Erroneous Ejection by Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone Moves On From Erroneous Ejection by Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is ready to put an erroneous ejection by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt behind him. Boone was ejected from Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics just five pitches in after Wendelstedt mistook heckling from a fan in the stands as coming from the Yankees dugout.

Video evidence showed that the fan seated behind the dugout was the one who shouted an insult at Wendelstedt, not Boone. Despite this, Wendelstedt stood by his decision to eject Boone, stating that as the manager, Boone is "responsible for everything that happens in that dugout."

Boone expressed his frustration with the incident, saying he did not say anything to warrant the ejection and calling it "embarrassing." He has since had discussions with Michael Hill, MLB's senior vice president of on-field operations, about the situation but is keeping those conversations private.

Why this matters: The incident highlights ongoing issues with umpiring in Major League Baseball and the need for better judgment in handling disputes. It also raises questions about the accountability of umpires when they make mistakes that directly impact the game.

This was Boone's 35th ejection as Yankees manager, but he does not view it as an indictment on the umpire class as a whole. "I think by and large, they're really good at the craft," Boone said of the umpires, while acknowledging they face more scrutiny than ever in the modern game.

MLB is reviewing the incident, as is standard practice for all ejections. Boone said he will not be fined for the ejection and is ready to move on from the situation. Wendelstedt will remain part of the umpiring crew for the Yankees' next game against the Athletics.

Key Takeaways

  • Yankees manager Boone ejected by umpire Wendelstedt due to fan heckling, not Boone
  • Wendelstedt stood by ejection, stating Boone responsible for dugout behavior
  • Boone expressed frustration, had private discussions with MLB about incident
  • Incident highlights issues with umpiring, accountability for mistakes in MLB
  • Boone won't be fined, Wendelstedt will remain part of umpiring crew for next game