Bryce Harper Ejected Early, Criticizes Umpire’s Professionalism

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In a nail-biting showdown at Coors Field Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies fell short to their opponents, edging out with a close 3-2 loss in 11 innings. Despite the setback, they maintain the leading record in baseball at 37-15. The loss was particularly hard to swallow as the team was ahead 2-1 right up until the bottom of the ninth, and they had to go into extra innings without one of their star players.

The game took an unexpected turn for the Phillies early on when Bryce Harper was ejected during the first inning. Harper, after striking out swinging to close the top of the first, seemed to question a low-and-inside strike call made by home plate umpire Brian Walsh, leading to his ejection.

Footage of the incident shared by Jomboy Media on May 25, 2024, leaves the specifics of their exchange unclear, but it appeared to be a rather mild interaction before Harper was expelled. Harper expressed his disbelief at the decision, indicating he felt the ejection was undeserved. Nevertheless, the call was final, sending Harper off the field prematurely.

Post-game, Harper expressed his disappointment, stating to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Amy Fadool Kane, “Bummed. I wasn’t trying to get thrown out.

Was just having a conversation. There are guys who are professionals in this league.

They understand it. I guess 120 didn’t understand it,” referencing Walsh’s umpire jersey number.

Walsh, not being a long-time umpire, has officiated only 109 MLB games, with the game on Friday marking his 23rd as a home plate umpire, which might have contributed to the misunderstanding between him and Harper.

Following the game, crew chief Vic Carapazza offered some insights on the ejection to Alex Coffey, noting Harper’s frustration with the calls and stating that despite Walsh’s extended tolerance, Harper’s continued disputing of balls and strikes, compounded by an equipment violation when Harper slammed his helmet, led to his ejection.

Despite Harper’s early exit and the ultimate loss in extra innings, the Phillies were scheduled to face the Rockies again the following Saturday, hoping for a turnaround.

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