Gardenhire rips umpire after ejection

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005

 

  Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire races toward plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt to share a few words after he was ejected protesting the call after Joe Mauer was called out in the eighth Monday, July 18, 2005 in Minneapolis. The Orioles won 3-2 in 11 innings. AP Photo/Jim Mone

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire races toward plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt to share a few words after he was ejected protesting the call after Joe Mauer was called out in the eighth Monday, July 18, 2005 in Minneapolis. The Orioles won 3-2 in 11 innings.

AP Photo/Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire unleashed a profanity-filled tirade aimed at Hunter Wendelstedt on Monday night after the plate umpire ejected him in the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to Baltimore.

Gardenhire said he told Wendelstedt that a called third strike on Joe Mauer was high. Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire, who was in the dugout, which prompted the manager to confront the umpire at the plate.

''I didn't raise my hands on him, I just told him the ball was high,'' Gardenhire fumed, as he paced in his office after the game. ''When he threw me out of the game he told me I was looking for show time. ... That's very unprofessional. Very unprofessional, and I don't have to take that from nobody.''

When asked about the ''show time'' comment, Wendelstedt said, ''I'm going to have to say no comment on that one.''

Wendelstedt said he heard Gardenhire's complaints and warned him several times before ejecting him.

''He went a little too far,'' Wendelstedt said. ''After a couple of warnings, he got ejected. That's the kind of manager he is. He's a great manager, and he was sticking up for his player.''

Wendelstedt said he gave Gardenhire a chance to vent before giving him the hook.

''I let him yell a little bit,'' he said. ''Like anybody else, I don't like to be yelled at. He knows my reputation that I'm not going to put up with it. I gave him ample warning, and then he was ejected.

''As far as I'm concerned it was very routine. This happens all the time and it was not that big a deal. He did his job. I believe that is the manager's job to stick up for the players. He got his point across. He made his point, I made mine. The game's over and we'll start again tomorrow.''

Gardenhire didn't seem quite so ready to let things pass and said he planned to call Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline about Wendelstedt.

''That's the wrong thing for him to say,'' Gardenhire said. ''What he ought to do is get knocked on his (rear). And you can print that one, too. I'm going to call Bob Watson about it.''

Gardenhire said Wendelstedt had ''rabbit ears'' and that he has lost respect for the umpire.

''I expect more out of a guy that comes from a baseball family like him,'' Gardenhire said. ''His father (Harry) was an umpire and a great umpire and I expect more out of him. I don't have to listen to this.''



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