Major League Baseball announced Friday that New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his argument with umpire Brennan Miller during the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
MLB Chief Baseball Officer and Hall of Fame Yankees manager Joe Torre added that Boone will serve the suspension during New York's home game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
Bench coach Josh Bard will serve as the Yankees' interim manager Friday.
Hot mics picked up everything that was said between Boone and Miller during their back-and-forth (Warning: Some language NSFW):
Miller tossed Boone during D.J. LeMahieu's second-inning at-bat after Boone took exception to Miller's strike zone.
New York went on to win the game 6-2, and it also took the second half of the doubleheader, 5-1.
After the game, several Yankees players supported Boone's rant against Miller, who is a rookie umpire with limited experience behind home plate at the MLB level.
Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia appeared on ESPN's Get Up on Friday and praised Boone for standing up for his players:
Outfielder Aaron Judge echoed Sabathia's sentiments:
With Thursday's two wins, the Yankees own the best record in baseball at 62-33. They also hold an eight-game lead over the Rays for first place in the American League East, as well as a 10-game lead over the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
New York's success has come in spite of the fact that several key players have spent time on the injured list this season, including Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Luke Voit, outfielder Aaron Hicks, shortstop Didi Gregorius and starting pitchers James Paxton and Domingo German.
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has barely played this season and remains on the IL, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances have yet to see game action.
The Yankees are in search of their first World Series title since 2009, and with Boone steering the ship, they appear to be the team to beat.