We’ve already seen some pretty quirky MLB happenings in 2020—Stephen Strasburg getting the heave-ho from the Citi Field stands, loose cannon ump Joe West stopping a game to boot Nationals GM Mike Rizzo from the upper deck. But this charged sequence between Twins slugger Josh Donaldson and home plate umpire Dan Bellino from Thursday’s matinee at Guaranteed Rate Field may top them all.
It’s not often you see a player get tossed immediately following a home run, but Donaldson managed to do exactly that, getting rung up mere moments after clocking a leadoff solo blast to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Still fuming from a questionable called strike earlier in his at-bat against White Sox hurler Reynaldo Lopez, Donaldson couldn’t let it go, punctuating his trip around the bases with a parting shot for Bellino, kicking up a cloud of dirt at home plate. Not at all amused by Donaldson’s antics, Bellino chucked the veteran without a second thought. The conflict escalated so quickly, NBC Sports Chicago only caught part of the interaction on camera.
With Donaldson off to the showers, utility man Ehire Adrianza will finish the afternoon at third base for Minnesota. Donaldson, who has largely disappointed in his Twins debut this year (.215 AVG, 5 HR, 10 RBI in 65 at-bats), went 1-for-3 prior to his ejection. With Minnesota and Chicago separated by just two games in a fierce AL Central race, it’s easy to see why Donaldson had such a short fuse Thursday.