Minnesota Twins Outfielder Torii Hunter is a relatively laid back person.
By: Peter Elliott – Lead NFL and MLB Writer – @redsoxforever42
But Wednesday, Hunter lost it after striking out in the eighth inning, an at-bat containing controversial strike calls from home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. During the outburst, Hunter tossed his elbow guard, ankle guard, and discarded his batting gloves and jersey.
He also appeared to have made contact with one of the umpires and has been suspended two games, and will have to pay a fine.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor went out of the dugout to try and restrain Hunter before he too was ejected.
This was Molitor’s first ever ejection as a manager of the Twins.
Molitor elaborated on Hunter’s ejection saying,
“I think the frustration has been there over the past week as results have changed for us, at least here in the short term and so things get magnified. An umpire never has a perfect night and it just seemed like in Torii’s case, there [were a] couple pitches throughout the night that he had taken a little bit of an exception to.”
Hunter also commented on his meltdown saying,
“I thought it was a ball. The pitch before that I thought it was a little up and he called it a strike. That’s fine, but I thought the last pitch he called a strike was revenge because I said something the pitch before.”
The 39-year-old veteran went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk during the game.
Luckily for Molitor and Hunter, the Twins won the ballgame 7-2, capping a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.