There are quick hooks, and then there are unnecessary hooks.
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was the victim of both.
Rendon, who struck out looking in his first at bat of Saturday’s game against the Mets, got tossed in the bottom of the fifth inning by Homeplate umpire Marty Foster for almost nothing.
Upset with a borderline called strike three, Rendon tossed his bat in exasperation and didn’t appear to say anything. Foster didn’t appreciate being shown up and tossed him in what amounts to one of the lightest ejections you’ll ever see.
That brought out Nats manager Davey Martinez, who got his money’s worth before earning his first career ejection.
Crew chief Joe West offered an explanation for Rendon’s ejection after the 3-2 New York Mets win.
“The pitch prior to the strikeout, he walked completely out of the hitter’s circle, which the hitters aren’t allowed to do,” West said. “Marty said, ‘We gotta play. You gotta get back in there.’ Then when he called strike three, he threw the bat. You have some options there, and Marty felt that what he did was showing him up worse than what an equipment violation would’ve been, and that’s why he ejected him. You have to do something or he loses all respect from the players. I understand that he could’ve (not done anything), but he chose that this was the penalty for what he did. So it was more involved than just strikeout, throwing equipment.”