Mariners manager and former Tigers coach Lloyd McClendon was ejected for the second straight game Sunday — each time getting tossed while he was in the dugout and each time by umpire Tony Randazzo.
On Saturday night, when Randazzo worked behind the plate, McClendon was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. On Sunday, with Randazzo at third base, he was tossed for a non-verbal dispute of a check swing call on Avila.
“He took his hand and shooed off my call,” Randazzo said through a pool reporter.
After his ejection Saturday, McClendon said, “When I went out there to ask him why I was thrown out he said ‘Well, I’ve seen your act before,’ and I don’t think that was called for. That’s not fair. If you think I said something about a ball or strike, then throw me out of the game. I get that. Talking about past history, that’s not fair.”
Asked if McClendon’s accusation impacted his decision Sunday, Randazzo said, “No.”
Crew chief Brian Gorman supported Randazzo’s decision to eject McClendon.
“Gestures are just as powerful as words sometimes,” he said.