The Mets had been on the suitable aspect of a weird piece of historical past Tuesday night time.
Within the eighth inning of an eventual 6-4 loss to the Marlins at Citi Subject, Jeff McNeil singled in opposition to Miami lefty Richard Bleier, then got here round to attain on three balks, all whereas Pete Alonso was at bat.
Bleier was pitching in his 304th main league recreation and had by no means been known as for a balk.
He was more and more irate after every name, made by first-base umpire John Tumpane. Miami supervisor Don Mattingly stormed out of the dugout after the third balk (which despatched McNeil residence) and was ejected after arguing with each Tumpane and home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney for a number of minutes.
Showalter stated the league had alerted groups “not too way back” that there can be a better emphasis on balks when pitchers didn’t come to an entire cease.
“We knew it was one thing they had been going to be cracking down on a bit tougher,” Showalter stated. “It’s simply a kind of issues which are within the eye of the beholder.”
It was unclear what prompted the balk calls. Bleier grew to become the primary pitcher to be known as for 3 balks in a recreation since Mike Pelfrey, with the Mets on Might 17, 2009.
After he acquired Alonso to floor out, Bleier continued arguing with the umpires and was tossed.
He grew to become the seventh pitcher in main league historical past known as for 3 balks in an inning, and the primary since Pittsburgh’s Jim Gott in 1988.