White Sox's Lance Lynn ejected for tossing belt at ump: 'Obviously, I hurt his feelings'

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Why did Lance Lynn get ejected?

Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics after he threw his belt at third-base umpire Nic Lentz in the middle of the fourth inning during a foreign-substance check in the dugout. ... “Obviously I hurt his feelings,” Lynn said. The Washington PostWhite Sox pitcher ejected after throwing his belt at umpire during sticky-stuff check

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn was ejected in the middle of the fourth inning of a game Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics after throwing his belt toward an umpire during a substance check.

Lynn appeared to be frustrated or upset with getting checked in the middle of the inning. He pitched in four innings and allowed one run on three hits and Chicago would eventually pick up the 3-2 win.

"Obviously, I hurt his feelings. He threw me out because I tossed my belt, and I said, ‘Well, if you were on time [to the dugout for inspection], we wouldn't have this problem,’" Lynn said, via NBC Sports Chicago.

The 34-year-old pitcher is in his first season with the White Sox and has played very well.

He has 141 strikeouts with a 2.26 ERA in 26 appearance. He joined Chicago in the offseason after two years with the Texas Rangers.

Chicago is in control of the American League Central division after Wednesday night’s game. The team is 71-50 and has a nine-game lead on the Cleveland Indians. The team wraps up its series with the A’s on Thursday night.

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White Sox's Lance Lynn ejected after tossing belt at umpire during foreign-substance check

CBS Sports 19 August, 2021 - 10:20pm

Chicago White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn was ejected from his start on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics (GameTracker) during a foreign-substance check. Lynn seemingly was not tossed because he was found to have a substance on his person or his glove, but, rather, because he irked an umpire by tossing his belt at him from the dugout.

Take a look at Lynn's belt toss, which happened after he completed his fourth inning of work:

Lance Lynn was ejected from the game after it appeared he tossed his belt toward the umpire during a foreign substance check pic.twitter.com/fcTEsM3iI5

Lynn and White Sox manager Tony La Russa went onto the field to discuss the matter with the umpiring staff, but he remained ejected all the same.

Lynn, 34, had held the Athletics to one run in four innings despite allowing a lot of traffic on the basepaths. Indeed, he had permitted three hits and three walks to go with his four strikeouts. He even had to escape a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the third, striking out two consecutive batters before inducing an inning-ending pop-up.

La Russa, for his part, turned to young left-hander Garrett Crochet to replace Lynn in the fifth inning. He walked a batter and allowed a hit, but, much like Lynn before him, avoided damage.

Lynn entered the night with a 2.26 ERA (190 ERA+) and a 3.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 21 starts this season. Last month, he made his second career All-Star Game appearance. 

Major League Baseball installed the foreign substance checks on June 21 as a means of pushing back against the prevalence of grip conductors. Any pitcher found to have such a substance on their person or on their equipment will be subjected to a 10-game suspension -- a penalty that also impacts the roster as a whole, since the team cannot replace that pitcher during their punishment. So far, Seattle Mariners lefty Héctor Santiago is the only big-league pitcher to be ejected and suspended in the nearly two months since for having a substance on his glove.

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White Sox's Lance Lynn ejected after tossing belt at umpire during foreign-substance check

MLB 19 August, 2021 - 10:20pm

Chicago White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn was ejected from his start on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics (GameTracker) during a foreign-substance check. Lynn seemingly was not tossed because he was found to have a substance on his person or his glove, but, rather, because he irked an umpire by tossing his belt at him from the dugout.

Take a look at Lynn's belt toss, which happened after he completed his fourth inning of work:

Lance Lynn was ejected from the game after it appeared he tossed his belt toward the umpire during a foreign substance check pic.twitter.com/fcTEsM3iI5

Lynn and White Sox manager Tony La Russa went onto the field to discuss the matter with the umpiring staff, but he remained ejected all the same.

Lynn, 34, had held the Athletics to one run in four innings despite allowing a lot of traffic on the basepaths. Indeed, he had permitted three hits and three walks to go with his four strikeouts. He even had to escape a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the third, striking out two consecutive batters before inducing an inning-ending pop-up.

La Russa, for his part, turned to young left-hander Garrett Crochet to replace Lynn in the fifth inning. He walked a batter and allowed a hit, but, much like Lynn before him, avoided damage.

Lynn entered the night with a 2.26 ERA (190 ERA+) and a 3.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 21 starts this season. Last month, he made his second career All-Star Game appearance. 

Major League Baseball installed the foreign substance checks on June 21 as a means of pushing back against the prevalence of grip conductors. Any pitcher found to have such a substance on their person or on their equipment will be subjected to a 10-game suspension -- a penalty that also impacts the roster as a whole, since the team cannot replace that pitcher during their punishment. So far, Seattle Mariners lefty Héctor Santiago is the only big-league pitcher to be ejected and suspended in the nearly two months since for having a substance on his glove.

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A's visited by injured Chris Bassitt, who is in 'good spirits'

San Francisco Chronicle 19 August, 2021 - 06:07pm

CHICAGO — The A’s received a welcome visitor Thursday morning: injured pitcher Chris Bassitt, who spent some time with the team before its series finale against the White Sox.

“He just came in and said, ‘Hi,’ and made sure that we were all good,” said Cole Irvin, who started the A’s 5-4 win. “And I think that helped today; I really think it did. Just being able to see him and know that he’s in good spirits really just got all of us going.”

Irvin said it was the first time the A’s had seen Bassitt since Tuesday night, when the right-hander was struck in the face by a line drive and carted off the field in Chicago. Bassitt was diagnosed with a facial fracture that will require surgery, and had lacerations that required stitches. He stayed in the Chicago area, where he likely will have surgery next week. The A’s returned home after Thursday’s game.

“It was just good to see him; we hadn’t seen him since what happened and it was just important,” Irvin said. “That just helped a lot with motivation and stuff, just to know he’s all right and has the fight in him to want to be back already.”

Irvin said Bassitt looked “like a guy would look when he gets hit in the face with a baseball” but cracked jokes and was in “very high spirits.” Manager Bob Melvin said before Thursday’s game he had talked to Bassitt “and he feels remarkably well for what went down the other day. I’m encouraged on a day-to-day basis how he’s feeling.”

Bassitt sustained a displaced tripod fracture in his right cheek but tests showed his right eye is “normal for vision” and “a head CT scan revealed no further injury,” the A’s said.

“It was definitely good to see him and see him in good spirits, all things considered,” first baseman Matt Olson said. “So obviously glad nothing too, too crazy is wrong.”

On Pinder: Melvin said utilityman Chad Pinder was scheduled to play Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas on his rehab assignment “and if all goes well, we will see him in Oakland” for Friday’s game against the Giants. Pinder, who landed on the IL on July 8 with a hamstring strain, was 4-for-12 with a home run in his first three Triple-A rehab games.

Honors for Moore, Gomez: The A’s announced they will honor longtime broadcaster Monte Moore and late sportswriter Pedro Gomez before Friday’s game in Oakland. Moore will receive the first Monte Moore Award, which the A’s said they will give annually for excellence in broadcasting the team’s games. Moore, 91, called A’s games on radio from 1962 through ’77 and on TV from 1968 through ’80 and 1988 through ’92. Gomez will be the second recipient of the team’s Ron Bergman Award recognizing a journalist for coverage of the A’s. Gomez, who died in February at age 58, covered the A’s as a beat writer prior to his work as a national reporter for ESPN.

Matt Kawahara covers the A’s for The San Francisco Chronicle.

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