It was Cano’s first ejection in his big league career.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Robinson Cano tried to think back to the last time he was ejected from a game. He couldn’t remember it.
Because Cano had never been ejected from a Major League Baseball game in his big league career … well, until Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
In the seventh inning of a 3-1 game, Cano was trying to grind out an at-bat against hard-throwing Rangers lefty Jake Diekman with runners on second and third. He was looking to add to the Mariners lead. Instead, he was forced out of the game and watched his teammates put up a five-run frame in the clubhouse.
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On a 2-2 slider in the dirt, Cano started to swing but tried to pull back and check the swing. Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza immediately signaled that Cano had swung, calling him out. Cano seemed stunned and turned to Carapazza to ask why he didn’t ask for help from third base umpire and crew chief Jeff Nelson instead of making the call. The conversation was brief because Carapazza ejected Cano after minimal back and forth. Cano was the third player Carapazza ejected this season. He ejected five last season.
Sitting at his locker postgame, Cano was very upset about what had transpired.
“What he did was so stupid,” he said, his voice raising. “I didn’t say anything. I just asked him why he didn’t check it or you should’ve checked that one. He said, ‘you better go.’ But I said, ‘I was just asking you if you can check that.’ He was like, ‘You better go.’ And I said, ‘I’m just asking you a question.’ And then he threw me out. I’ve never disrespectful to anybody. I’m the first one to say that umpires are human and they make mistakes. But if it’s somebody that just asks you a question, I don’t see the reason you would get thrown out. If I curse or say anything like that, I get it. If I know I’m going to be ejected like that, I should have said something back. You know?”
But Cano wasn’t finished.
“If you ask players to give you respect, you have to show respect to the players,” he said. “You guys know me, I’ve been in this game for so long and I never disrespect anyone. I’m the first to alway say hello to everyone. He should know better because I’ve known him for a long time. He’s known me when I was (a young player) at the Yankees complex. I’ve never been…