Nationals manager Dave Martinez had never been ejected in his young managerial career entering Saturday's game against the Mets, but that streak was snapped when umpire Marty Foster ejected Anthony Rendon for arguing about the strike zone.
Martinez was furious at Rendon's ejection and ended up getting himself ejected as well. Though this was Martinez's first career ejection, he certainly knew how to get his money's worth as he threw his cap on the ground and kicked up dirt around home plate.
Here’s how you go out after your first career ejection pic.twitter.com/kiwtp7ultn— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 7, 2018
Rendon had struck out twice and while his ejection may have been questionable considering the infielder didn't appear to say much before Foster's decision; he just tossed his bat in frustration.
#Mets @ #Nationals— Ballpark Videos (@BallparkVids) April 7, 2018
Anthony Rendon flips his bat after striking out for the second time in the game and gets ejected before Dave Martinez is also tossed (01:31)
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The two pitches that ended Rendon's at bats were on the edge of the strike zone and one was a ball, but neither were such egregious called strikes to warrant an argument.
Unhappy with home-plate umpire Marty Foster's strike zone, Anthony Rendon and Nationals manager Dave Martinez were both just ejected. Steven Matz has struck out Rendon twice, both looking, on these two pitches: pic.twitter.com/BGCTnf0VxV— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 7, 2018
The Nationals are 4-3 to start the season and Martinez will have to right the ship at some point as the Nats are expected to be World Series contenders this season. Hopefully he doesn't get ejected many more times this year.