Bryce Harper ejected after arguing balls and strikes

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected from Monday night’s game in New York against the Mets after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mark Carlson in the fourth inning. Harper was called out on strikes for the first out of the inning and seemed particularly annoyed with the strike two call. Later in the inning, Carlson called a high strike on César Hernández. Harper barked at Carlson from the dugout and was immediately ejected. Manager Gabe Kapler stormed out of the dugout in defense of his superstar and somehow did not get ejected as well. At one point, Harper nudged Kapler into Carlson, which might end up resulting in a heftier fine for Harper.

Carlson called a high strike for strike two on Harper in his first at-bat in the first inning as well, which might have influenced his displeasure with the strike zone. Both that and the pitch to Hernández were clearly balls.

Matt Gelb of The Athletic notes that Harper is the first Phillies player ejected from a game since Justin De Fratus on June 16, 2015. It makes more sense considering the Phillies have played few meaningful games between 2015-18, but is still astounding nevertheless.

Roman Quinn replaced Harper in center field, batting third. Harper finishes the night 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.