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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone argues with umpires DJ Reyburn (17) and Jim Reynolds (77) during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, July 15, 2022, in New York.
NEW YORK — Aaron Boone was at a loss.
“I don’t know what to tell you guys on this,” he said.
The Yankees manager was talking about constant low strikes called against 6-foot-7 star slugger Aaron Judge, which eventually led to Boone getting ejected in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
“I don’t know,” Boone said. “What can we do? I get asked a lot. I don’t know. Talk to people. They’re doing the best they can. I don’t know.”
Boone said that the Yankees have sought help.
“Sure, we talk to the league. I answer this question every so often,” he said.
Boone got tossed arguing strikes during Matt Carpenter’s ninth-inning at-bat, but his beef with plate umpire DJ Reyburn stemmed from the inning prior, when Reyburn punched out Judge on a low strike in a 1-2 count against Garrett Whitlock to start the inning.
Judge gave Reyburn a piece of his mind but it wasn’t enough to get thrown out.
Boone boiled from the dugout and yelled at Reyburn, but didn’t go ballistic until later.
Boone also had a problem earlier in the game with a strike call against DJ LeMahieu. It was Boone’s fourth ejection this season.
Judge said he didn’t want electronic umpires, despite the issues with his strike zone.
“No, I just think you’ve just got to get better — if there’s an issue with balls and strikes, get guys who do a better job calling balls and strikes,” Judge said. “I think it’s plain and simple like that. I think the umpires do a great job as it is. That’s part of the game, the human element. I think you’ve got to keep the umpires.”
He added that it’s been happening to him forever.
“Yeah, that’s kind of happened my whole career,” he said. “That’s why my college coach told me you’re not an umpire, you’re a hitter. Focus on hitting and don’t be complaining about calls.”
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