PHOENIX -- Manny Ramirez, who had homered in the second inning, was ejected by plate umpire Doug Eddings after he threw his helmet following a three-pitch strikeout in the third frame on Monday's 7-2 victory over the D-backs. Ramirez took called strikes on the outside corner and inside corner before swinging at the third pitch. He flung his bat and then his helmet toward the Dodgers dugout, turned toward Eddings, who then pointed toward the equipment and tossed Ramirez. "I told him the first pitch was a ball," said Ramirez. "I threw the helmet, and he threw me out. He's human. He's not a machine. He makes mistakes."
Manager Joe Torre picked up the futile argument after the ejection and had a suggestion after the game. "I think that's just too quick a trigger," Torre said of Eddings. "You know if they're throwing equipment they can be fined and they can be ejected. But I asked if he was cursed, and he said, 'No.' "I just wish more umpires -- and he's a good umpire, he works hard -- but I wish more when they see an impending problem, just turn around and walk away. The game is a passionate game, and that's something that needs to be taken into consideration, and I don't think they do. I'm not saying they should take abuse. But when there's something that can be avoided, it should be." It was the second ejection for Ramirez this year and sixth of his career. The first was July 7 in New York, when Ramirez was ejected for flipping his elbow protector behind him and it landed near the feet of plate umpire John Hirschbeck, who had just called Ramirez out on strikes. Juan Pierre took over in left field. Ramirez came into the game 3-for-17 and is batting .281 since returning from a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.