Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jake Arrieta critical of Bryce Harper's ejection

Jake Arrieta critical of Bryce Harper's ejection

"It's troubling. I'm out there doing everything I can to win a game".

"We need him in right field", he told reporters after the game.

"Look, I mean, he's got to understand we need him in right field", the former Cy Young victor said, according to Scott Lauber of So that hurts. I'm out there, trying to make pitches, he misses some calls. I don't care how bad (the ump) is, I need him in right field, I need him at the plate and he wasn't there.

Bryce Harper bolted from the bench to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected, and it took three members of the Philadelphia Phillies to hold back the enraged slugger Monday night in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets.

That occurred on June 16, 2015, with Justin DeFratus getting the heave-ho just a day after the same thing happened to teammate Maikel Franco. That was probably quite a bit more anger than would otherwise be justified in the 4th inning of an April game against a division rival, but sometimes it just wells up in you and you pop. We have to be ready to play. "We weren't, and it showed", he said. "We need to come out tomorrow ready to go". On Monday night Mets' fans booed him more loudly than I can remember during his days with the Nationals, in addition to serenading him with the chant of "Over-rated". "These games matter. They matter now, they matter in September".

Carlson said after the game (via's Anthony DiComo) that Harper's "inappropriate" comments from the dugout "warranted an automatic ejection".

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"He's fiery, he's competitive, he's aggressive and he's a strong figure", Kapler said.

The pitch Carlson rung up Harper on was a fastball up in the zone and on the outside corner, but certainly a reasonable call according to strike-zone data.

He also has a history of not running hard to first base on routine ground balls, and though such lack of hustle didn't get the same type of scrutiny as Manny Machado, it did not go unnoticed over the years.

Harper didn't say much to Carlson as he walked to the dugout after the call, but he apparently kept yelling from the bench.

Harper struck out swinging his first time up, then was called out on strikes by Mark Carlson to begin the fourth.

McNeil hit a solo home run in the fifth, ending a 133 at-bat string without one.

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