Aaron Judge ejected for first time in MLB career vs. Tigers (Video)

Aaron Judge ejected by Ryan Blakney, Tigers vs. Yankees, 5/4/2024

New York Yankees superstar slugger Aaron Judge was ejected from Saturday's game against Detroit after arguing a called third strike. It was the first ejection of his MLB career, and based on our analysis, we would say the circumstances are extremely questionable.

It happened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Judge came up to the plate with one out and nobody on as the Yankees held a 5-3 lead. On the 3-2 pitch, Tigers reliever Tyler Holton threw a 92 mph four-seam fastball on the outside part of the strike zone. Judge did not swing, thinking it was a ball, and began walking towards first base when home plate umpire Ryan Blakney called strike three.

Judge was frustrated, but was not overly upset. He did have some comments that he made to Blakney as he walked away which apparently got under his skin, leading Blakney to eject Judge.

Judge and Yankees manager Aaron Boone were in disbelief, but their attempt to argue their case was to no avail. Boone seemed to remain relatively calm, as we has been known to dress down umpires from time to time.

Based on our attempt to read Judge's lips, it would appear that he said "What? What are you doing? That's bullsh***, man...(that) was a ball the whole game."

If that's all Judge said, then it would appear that Blakney has pretty thin skin. It appears that Anthony Rizzo agreed, as he appeared to say "That's the softest sh** I've ever seen."

Despite leaving the game early, Judge had a productive game, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The Yankees held on for the 5-3 victory.


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