A coach getting ejected from a Major League Baseball game is nothing new, but Chicago White Sox bench coach Mark Parent went above and beyond prior to Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers. Umpire Jerry Layne tossed him before the contest even started, as seen in this video:
The incident occurred when Parent went to home plate for the lineup card exchange. Although it is unclear what happened, it is a safe assumption that he said something critical regarding the umpiring during the series.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, the preceding games saw a couple of questionable calls made. The biggest happened during Friday's game when Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a ball that got caught in the padding on the outfield wall. Rather than ruling the play dead, Kinsler was allowed to circle the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
This led to White Sox manager Robin Ventura being ejected, as he expressed disbelief regarding the umpiring crew's decision to let the play stand.
Was Layne right to eject Parent before the start of the game?
There was also a disputed call during Saturday's game as White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was called out on a play at the plate despite seemingly beating the throw by a wide margin.
It's difficult to blame Parent for acting out, as it has been a very trying season for the White Sox. Chicago was expected to contend with the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown, but it is instead the second-worst team in the American League with a record of 54-75.
Hopefully Parent got his money's worth during the exchange at home plate, because he had to watch from the clubhouse as the White Sox won the series finale by a 5-2 score.
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