Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Maddon on getting tossed again
Posted May 9, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Rays manager Joe Maddon was tossed during Wednesday’s 10-4 victory against the Blue Jays for the second straight game for arguing with the home plate umpire.
This time the dispute was whether a ball struck the foot Blue Jays shortstop Maicer Izturis on the foot during the sixth inning.
Home plate ump Scott Barry said it did. Maddon said it didn’t, which would mean the ball was fair and Izturis should have been out on a grounder to third base.
Maddon lost the argument.
Actually Maddon was tossed before the on-field argument began. He told Barry that he knows Izturis real well from their days with the Angels, and if Barry would ask Izruris, Maddon was sure Izturis would tell the truth.
“You can only take so much,” Maddon said. “I think we’ve been very cooperative and understanding. We’ve been good boys. We’ve been playing really well in the sandbox. I think we’ve been playing really well in the sandbox. I think we’ve been the poster boy for instant replay in the first month of the season. So you can only take so much with all of that.”
Jamey Wright was in the game at that point, having replaced starter Matt Moore to start that inning. With the bullpen basically spent from all the innings Monday and Tuesday, Maddon said he was counting pitches, hoping to get two, possibly three innings out of Wright.
“At some point when your group, who works very hard and is trying to get to the World Series constantly gets dinged, at some point I’m the guy who has to say something,” Maddon said. “I don’t want the players going out there having to say something, that’s inappropriate. I’m the one whose suppose to say something. You get to that moment, that point where you just can’t permit it anymore. I think we’ve been tolerant. I think we’ve handled this very well. But there’s a line to be drawn.”