Adrian Beltre Ejected by MLB Umpire Gerry Davis After Moving On-Deck Circle

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre drags the on deck circle toward himself after being told by tje home plate umpire to get back to the circle during a Nomar Mazara at-bat in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Crew chief Gerry Davis ejected Beltre after that action in the 22-10 Mariners' win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected from Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Miami Marlins due to his antics in the on-deck circle in the eighth inning.

Beltre was standing outside the circle and essentially behind the plate, which prompted second base umpire Gerry Davis to tell him to return to the circle.

Rather than doing so, Beltre dragged the circle to where he was standing, and Davis tossed him.

Prior to his ejection, Beltre was 3-for-3 with one home run and two RBI.

With those three hits, Beltre is up to 2,996 for his career (31st all time), and on the verge of joining the exclusive 3,000-hit club.

Following Beltre's ejection, Rangers manager Jeff Banister argued and earned an ejection of his own.

Drew Steckenrider was pitching for the Marlins at the time, and he commented on it after the game, per MLB.com's Sam Butler and Joe Frisaro:

"He's a great guy and a great player. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I didn't, honestly, know how to react out there. I went over and stood next to [Derek] Dietrich, and we just laughed with our gloves over our faces. That was the first time [I've noticed] a player, because it was the most extreme. I saw him back there. It wasn't bothering me at all."

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The 38-year-old Beltre has appeared in just 48 games this season due to injury, but he is enjoying a strong year nonetheless, hitting .307 with nine home runs and 34 RBI.

Entering play Friday, Texas is 4.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals for the second wild-card spot in the American League at 49-52.

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