Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Larry Vanover during the Orioles’ 8-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
Right fielder Nick Markakis had just taken a strike call that appeared to be slightly outside, and Showalter voiced his displeasure to Vanover from the railing in the Orioles dugout. Vanover gave Showalter the hook, marking the manager’s 26th career ejection.
“I'm not surprised by much of anything anymore,” Showalter said when asked about the speed of the ejection.
Showalter declined to discuss Vanover’s reasoning for his second ejection of the season, but did talk about the situation in the grand scheme of the game -- there was much more that went wrong for the Orioles than a single strike call.
"Umpires are an easy target,” Showalter said. “It's not really fair. They've got a really tough job. There's a lot of ebbs and flows to a game. That wasn't what caused us to lose the game tonight. There's plenty of things that can happen to offset that.
"Larry's been around a long time. I know my player pretty well. Nick doesn't argue unless he knows he's right. It was one pitch. There were probably 200 or 300 pitches seen tonight, so that would be too easy to jump on. We had a lot of other things go on tonight that we've got to do better. We made a lot more mistakes than he did."
Following the ejection, Markakis hit a single and center fielder Adam Jones hit a double as part of a two-run seventh that cut the Mariners’ lead to 6-4, but the Orioles couldn’t close the gap the rest of the way.