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“Terrible Call, Absolutely Horrific” – Latest Umpire Antics at Los Angeles Angels Game Leaves Team Manager and MLB Fans Enraged

Published 06/02/2023, 1:30 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Angels are struggling, and fans think their recent loss could have been prevented by the umpire. Fan sentiment toward umpires has recently changed as they find themselves in more disagreements than not. In their recent play against the Houston Astros, second in the AL West, the Angels lost 5-2. While the LA team’s pitching staff left much to be desired, Angels manager Phil Nevin was angrier at the umpire.

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While Nevin doesn’t come close to some other team managers’ numbers that have been ejected this season, this latest game saw a heated argument between him and the home plate umpire. But based on the ruling, many think Nevin was right to be angry.

Home plate umpire’s call incurs the wrath of Los Angeles Angels manager


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Nevin may not be the most popular figure in Los Angeles but he does have some fans’ sympathy in this instance. When home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called out Taylor Ward for a low ball, Nevin lost it. It was the sixth inning and Ward was called out on strikes, which led the Angels manager to storm out of the dugout.

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Nevin looked enraged as he had a heated conversation with Scheurwater, making infuriated hand gestures. He was later tossed out of the game, but many think his outburst was justified.


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Some had harsh words to say to the umpire and called for ‘robo umps’.

One wondered why Nevin manages players like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

The 52-year-old manager is not a liked figure among Angels fans, who want a better front office. And while this call came at a critical point and could have helped the LA team, many are wondering what Ohtani and Trout can do next to save the team. While this game was a disaster, Nevin seemingly calmed down later on.


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Phil Nevin is not putting too much blame on Scheurwater

One can say anything in a state of frenzy. While the heated exchange will remain between the manager and the umpire, Nevin later spoke to the media and seemed to have calmed down. Most importantly, he didn’t seem inclined to blame Scheurwater.

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“Did it change the game? It’s a big spot. Sure it is,” he said. “Everybody knows the situation, who’s coming up and what it would have meant. But Stu’s a very good umpire. I love him. We’ve been through the minor leagues and everything together. I think that’s the first time he’s run me, so we had a good one.”

Nevin also admitted that the Angels made some mistakes that cost them, despite the chances they had.



Arunima Bhanot

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.