Shortly after suffering an injury with Chris Taylor after being hit by a left-hand pitch, Dave Roberts, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was fired prematurely by home plate referee Greg Gibson he had fought with balls and punches.
Roberts protested against a pitch at Gavin Lux that appeared to be outside the zone but called for a strike. Gibson turned to the shack all at once, took off the mask and threw Roberts, who ran from the shack.
Roberts continued to exchange words with Gibson in an animated discussion before making his way to the clubhouse. The Dodgers continued to line up a seven-run inning on their way to a 12-5 comeback victory against the Colorado Rockies.
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Roberts went out all year in 2018 without being ejected as a rookie skipper in 2016. The ejection of two years ago was memorable, as Roberts and San Diego Padres manager Andy Green after one Roberts was subsequently banned from a game and Green was fined.
It's not unfounded to suspect that Roberts might be suspended for his actions on Friday, he and Gibson took Contacted multiple times, but MLB could just as well view it as random or initiated by the referee.
That was what turned out to be Justin Turner when he was suspended for a match and fined for having contacted referee Rob Drake. Turner appealed the suspension and overturned the verdict, which DodgerBlue.com first reported.