Mark Parent Ejected: Chicago White Sox Bench Coach Thrown Out Before Sunday's Game Starts [VIDEO]
Chicago White Sox bench coach Mark Parent couldn't even get through the exchanging of lineup cards before getting under the umpiring crew's skin Sunday.
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Parent, a bench coach under manager Robin Ventura, was tossed prior to Chicago's game against the Texas Rangers Sunday for making a comment to the umpires about how a couple of controversial calls during the first two games of the series.
The video, courtesy of MLB.com, can be seen here:
Crew chief Jerry Layne tossed Parent for mouthing off at the umpires over something that irked him from the prior two contests during the exchange. It is unclear what that particular incident was, and Ventura didn't want to address it when he was asked to comment following Sunday's 5-2 White Sox victory.
"Yeah, it was just something from last night. It's over, and [you] play," Ventura said after the game, according to MLB.com.
While Ventura wouldn't specify exactly what it was that set Parent off, he indicated it had something to do with a disagreement Parent had with the umpires either during Friday's 11-5 loss to the Rangers or Saturday's 3-2 win over them.
According to MLB.com, Chicago had a couple of controversial calls go against them in the first two games of the series against Texas, in a series which the White Sox took two of three games.
First, on Friday, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler sprinted around the bases for an inside-the-park homer after his line drive down the left-field line got caught underneath some padding on the wall. Third-base umpire Greg Gibson ruled that left fielder Dayan Viciedo could clearly see the baseball and so he did not rule the play a ground-rule double. Then, on Saturday, umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Alexei Ramirez out at the plate on a base-hit from Paul Konerko in a close play.
Either one of those two plays or possibly both of them could have irked Parent enough to give the umps an earful prior to Sunday's game.
Chicago (54-75) has a lot to be frustrated about this season, as the team sits in last place and is 22.5 games behind the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers and 18 games out of the second wildcard spot, with the second worst record in the American League ahead of only the Houston Astros.