The MLB referee apologizes for throwing Madison Bumgarner

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The referee who knocked Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner out of the game earlier this week has come out and apologized.

According to the New York Post, Dan Bellino, 43, who has refereed in big leagues for 15 years, knocked out Bumgarner after Wednesday’s first inning ended. Bumgarner gave up on a solo HR but then retired the next three hitters. On the way back to the bench, he was subjected to a manual check to make sure he was not using illegal substances.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, center, is held by bench coach Jeff Banister, back, as he argues with the umpires after the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday May 4, 2022 in Miami .

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, center, is held by bench coach Jeff Banister, back, as he argues with the umpires after the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday May 4, 2022 in Miami .
(AP Photo / Jim Rassol)

Although his hand was clean, his words were a little too dirty for Bellino’s liking. So Bellino sent him to the showers early, after only one inning and four batters.

Bellino has since changed his mind. In a written statement, Bellino said, “When I started my MLB career nearly 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was told to referee every match as if my children were sitting in the front row. I’m not lived up to those expectations. this week. “

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, is held back by bench coach Jeff Banister as he argues with the umpires after the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Miami.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, is held back by bench coach Jeff Banister as he argues with the umpires after the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Miami.
(AP Photo / Jim Rassol)

His statement continued: “Even if I can’t go back and change what happened, I take full responsibility. I will learn from this incident and I sincerely apologize.”

To be clear, Bellino was the first base umpire, not the home plate umpire, so the situation is strange. But everyone is wrong, and Bellino has stood up to him. The MLB says it will face no further disciplinary action, according to the New York Post.

Madison Bumgarner # 40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park on May 04, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
(Michael Reaves / Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks had the last laugh. They defeated hometown Marlins 8-7 and currently sit just above .500 in the season, enough for 5th place in the NL West.