Cano was ejected for the first time in his major league career after being called out on a checked-swing strike three.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Robinson Cano tried to think back to the last time he was ejected from a game. He couldn’t remember it.
Because Cano had never been ejected from a Major League Baseball game in his big league career … well, until Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
In the seventh inning of a 3-1 game, Cano was trying to grind out an at-bat against hard-throwing Rangers lefty Jake Diekman with runners on second and third. He was looking to add to the Mariners lead. Instead, he was forced out of the game and watched his teammates put up a five-run frame in the clubhouse.
On a 2-2 slider in the dirt, Cano started to swing but tried to pull back and check the swing. Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza immediately signaled that Cano had swung, calling him out. Cano seemed stunned and turned to Carapazza to ask why he didn’t ask for help from third base umpire and crew chief Jeff Nelson instead of making the call. The conversation was brief because Carapazza ejected Cano after minimal back and forth. Cano was the third player Carapazza ejected this season. He ejected five last season.
Sitting at his locker postgame, Cano was very upset about what had transpired.
“What he did was so stupid,” he said, his voice raising. “I didn’t say anything. I just asked him why he didn’t check it or you should’ve checked that one. He said, ‘you better go.’ But I said, ‘I was just asking you if you can check that.’ He was like, ‘You better go.’ And I said, ‘I’m just asking you a question.’ And then he threw me out. I’ve never disrespectful to anybody. I’m the first one to say that umpires are human and they make mistakes. But if it’s somebody that just asks you a question, I don’t see the reason you would get thrown out. If I curse or say anything like that, I get it. If I know I’m going to be ejected like that, I should have said something back. You know?”
But Cano wasn’t finished.
“If you ask players to give you respect, you have to show respect to the players,” he said. “You guys know me, I’ve been in this game for so long and I never disrespect anyone. I’m the first to alway say hello to everyone. He should know better because I’ve known him for a long time. He’s known me when I was (a young player) at the Yankees complex. I’ve never been disrespectful to anybody. As a veteran playing this game for so long, I think I deserve the respect that I can ask a question to the umpire. That’s it, I just said, ‘why don’t you check it?’ I don’t see the reason to throw me out especially when we are in playoff-type games. I mean if I curse, then I deserve it. I’ll be the first one to walk away and not say anything.”
Asked if he can remember being thrown out, Cano said he wasn’t certain. He knew he hadn’t been ejected while with the Mariners.
“I don’t remember being thrown out before, not even close to being thrown out,” he said. “I don’t argue anything. And you see, I put my head down when I do talk to them. I know they are human and they do make mistakes, it’s why I don’t show up an umpire in front of everybody. I put my head down and say it. I don’t know. It seems like he had something, like he was waiting for that. And I didn’t argue for the strike or anything.”
Manager Scott Servais was also not pleased with the ejection.
“I thought it was pretty quick to throw him out of the game,” Servais said. “Robbie wasn’t showing him up or anything. You got to have a little bit better feel. We certainly didn’t want to lose Cano at that point in the game. But 3-1 game, you hate to lose your best player. I wasn’t real happy with it either.”