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Umpire Bob Davidson ejected a Phillies fan for heckling


Update #2 (11:24 PM EDT): Here’s Davidson explaining why he ejected the fan. Via CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris via Kevin Cooney of Calkins Media:


Update (9:27 PM EDT): Here’s video!

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The Giants-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night has been interesting and not just because it’s been an offense-packed, back-and-forth game. In the sixth inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejected a fan who had been loudly heckling him throughout the game.

Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal has the details:

The Phillies fan is only the second person Davidson has ejected this year. The other was Anthony Rendon back on June 15. Rendon argued a called strike three.

The Phillies jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings against Madison Bumgarner, but the Giants fought back and scored five times in the fifth to tie it at 6-6. The Phillies scored once in the bottom half of the fifth, only to have their lead once again erased in the sixth on an Angel Pagan two-run home run. It’s currently 7-6 Giants.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.