Major League Baseball has suspended Mets manager Luis Rojas for two games and given him a fine for what it deemed “excessive arguing” during the first inning of the team’s game on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Rojas was livid after a short ground ball that appeared in real time to be touched by Taijuan Walker in foul territory was ruled fair. And to top things off, Walker had flung the ball pretty far into foul territory on the play, no Mets went after the ball, and the Pirates scored three runs on the play.
With that, Rojas let his feelings about the call be known to the home plate umpire, making a little bit of contact with him in the process. Once that happened, it seemed likely that he would be suspended, and he’ll serve the first of his two-game suspension tonight as the Mets begin a three-game series in Cincinnati with Jerad Eickhoff on the mound.