David Ortiz was ejected for arguing with umpire Bruce Dreckman after flipping his bat

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Royals. Ortiz had singled to center field off of Kelvin Herrera. He held his bat for a prolonged period of time before flipping it back towards home plate, landing in fair territory. Dreckman and Ortiz jawed a bit and ultimately, the veteran slugger was ejected.

It sounds like Ortiz wasn’t happy with a couple of strikes Dreckman called earlier in the at-bat, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

Here’s video of the incident.

Ortiz, 39, finished 1-for-3 and is still hitting a mediocre .231/.317/.402 with nine home runs and 29 RBI on the season.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.