Bryce Harper on Marvin Hudson ejection: “I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump”

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Bryce Harper was very upset about his third-inning ejection from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, and rightly so. Harper went off in the clubhouse afterward, and Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com got the money quote

“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple,” Harper said. “I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. I don’t want to get tossed. There’s no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don’t think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn’t get his coffee.”

Watch the ejection again at this link (or in the embedded video below). Harper was thrown out for leaving the batter’s box, but he only left the batter’s box after home plate umpire Marvin Hudson took his mask off and stepped toward the Nationals’ dugout to begin chirping with manager Matt Williams …

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Williams also did some venting after the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for Washington. Again via Hughes: “Doggone it, he’s our best player and arguably the best player on the planet right now,” said Williams. “And we need him in the game. And I don’t feel as if there was any need to throw him out.”

Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

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TORONTO — Don Mattingly is joining the Toronto Blue Jays as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team announced.

The former New York Yankees slugger, a six-time All-Star, joins the Blue Jays after seven seasons as manager of the Florida Marlins, where he won NL Manager of the Year honors in 2020.

Mattingly previously spent five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three division titles in that span. He also worked as hitting coach and bench coach for the Yankees, and as hitting coach of the Dodgers before his managerial stint in Los Angeles.

In Toronto, Mattingly replaces Casey Candaele, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, replacing him with Schneider. The Blue Jays said Candaele will resume his job as manager of the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.

Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Glove awards at first base, three Silver Slugger awards, the 1984 AL batting title and the 1985 AL MVP award.