The Angels and Guardians were both without their manager at the end of Monday’s game in Cleveland.
The double ejections for Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Los Angeles’ Phil Nevin at Progressive Field occurred with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It started with Francona arguing for a hit by pitch delivered by Angels reliever Ryan Tepera.
Francona was convinced that the pitch hit shortstop Andrés Giménez. Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa called it a ball, and Francona stomped out of the dugout and went ballistic. He pointed his finger in Kulpa’s face and continued to argue his case even after the ump signaled the ejection.
Another umpire, along with Guardians players and staff, had to pull Francona away from the situation.
“Wow, I’ll tell you what, I’ve never seen Tito lose his cool like this,” one of the announcers said on the Guardians broadcast. “He is incensed.”
Nevin’s ejection followed, when the Angels’ interim manager argued with Kulpa about not allowing his pitcher to warm up given the delay caused by the scuffle. After the umpire signaled his ejection, Nevin followed Kulpa on the field and continued to argue his own case.
Nevin’s argument and ejection delayed the game further, which then led to the umpires allowing Tepera to warm up again.
“Now they’re going to let him throw after all that,” one of the announcers said about Tepera. “That’s the most crazy thing I’ve ever seen.”
Cleveland went on to win the game, 5-4.
The Angels and Guardians face off again on Tuesday.