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Yankees manager Boone suspended after umpire rant

By AFP
media New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone argues with plate umpire Brennan Miller in a game against Tampa Bay, an outburst that earned Boone a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended for one game on Friday, a day after erupting in a foul-mouthed rant at rookie plate umpire Brennan Miller in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees swept a double-header against the Rays to stretch their lead in the American League East to eight games on Thursday, but it was Boone's in-your-face reaction to Miller's calls of balls and strikes early in the game that was the lasting impression of the day.

"New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions, including contact with the home plate umpire, during the bottom of the second inning of his club's Thursday afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium," Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer Joe Torre said in a statement.

Boone had already been ejected for arguing calls when he stormed from the dugout, shaking his finger in Miller's face as he delivered a tirade that featured a string of F-bombs and quickly went viral on social media.

Miller, working his fifth game behind the plate in the major leagues, remained stony faced as Boone concluded by urging him to "Tighten it up".

Umpire crew chief Gerry Davis told reporters after the game that Boone "absolutely" went too far with his profanity.

 
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