Dan Bellino, MLB umpire who sacked Madison Bumgarner, apologizes for his behavior


Dan Bellino, the umpire who threw Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner out of a game against the Miami Marlins earlier this week, apologized Friday for his actions.

“I want to address my actions on May 4th affecting Madison Bumgarner,” Bellino said in a statement to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “When I started my MLB career almost 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was told to officiate every game as if my kids were sitting in the front row. I didn’t live up to those expectations this week. While I can’t go back and change what happened, I take full responsibility. I will learn from this incident and I sincerely apologize.”

Bellino, the first-base umpire, knocked Bumgarner out of play after the end of the first inning and during a foreign matter check. Bumgarner was not thrown for violating Major League Baseball’s substance rules, which would have prompted a 10-game suspension. Rather, Bumgarner’s ejection came from words exchanged between the pitcher and Bellino, who incited the spit by staring at the pitcher’s face while slowly checking his hand.

Here is the video of the incident.

“I know why I got kicked out, yeah” said Bumgarner after the game. “I don’t know if there’s anything I can say that would improve the situation, so I’ll say I’m very proud that our team is coming back and winning today because I put us in a big hole there. Obviously they didn’t go into the game with the intention of pitching an inning so to be able to fight and everyone picked me up today is pretty incredible. Very proud.

Rogers noted this in a tweet Bellino was penalized by the league, but he’s working as part of the refereeing staff for the series between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros this weekend. As such, Bellino was likely only fined. Dan Bellino, MLB umpire who sacked Madison Bumgarner, apologizes for his behavior

Justin Scacco

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