Lamont, Leyland ejected as contentious trip continues
Memorial Day turned out to be a short day at work at Fenway Park for Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont and manager Jim Leyland, both of whom were ejected as the club’s contentious stretch with umpires continued.
Both ejections came in the wake of a disputed 0-2 pitch to Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles with two outs in the second inning. Home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson said Aviles swung and missed at a Doug Fister offering, but Aviles claimed he fouled off the ball and catcher Gerald Laird caught it on a bounce.
First-base umpire Bill Welke overruled Nelson and said the ball wasn’t caught. Replays showed Laird did indeed catch the ball and that Aviles might have missed the pitch entirely. Laird held up the ball to try to show the lack of marks on it, but it was to no avail.
Two pitches later, Aviles hit the first of three straight RBI singles and likely ruffle the Tigers further over the call. Lamont exchanged words with third-base umpire Tim Tschida almost as soon as the inning ended and soon earned his first ejection of the year.
Leyland stormed out of the dugout and picked up the argument, waving his arms at Tschida, who did not eject him. Once he kept arguing from the dugout, Welke ejected Leyland.
It marked Leyland’s third ejection of the season and second of the road trip. He was ejected from Thursday’s game in Cleveland, along with first-base coach Tom Brookens, over a disputed missed balk on Justin Masterson.
Brookens took over in the third-base coaching box for Lamont on Monday. Rafael Belliard, who filled in for Brookens at first base last Thursday, took the same post Monday. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who was ejected last Wednesday in Cleveland over a disputed 3-0 strike to Miguel Cabrera, took the lineup card from Leyland and took over as manager.