Umpire Costs Yankees’ CC Sabathia $500,000 With Ejection
New York's ace was tossed two innings short of earning a hefty bonus.
You’re out … $500,000.
That’s basically what MLB umpire Vic Carapazza could have said to New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia when he tossed him in the sixth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Tropicana Field.
To earn a $500,000 incentive-based bonus, Sabathia needed to pitch 155 innings and he was just two innings short of that when Carapazza ejected him for plunking Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in the leg with a 92.5 mph cutter.
Carapazza had already issued warnings to the team after a Tampa Bay pitcher intentionally threw at someone on the Yanks.
“I don’t really make decisions based on money, I guess,” Sabathia said after New York’s 12-1 win over the Rays. “Just felt like it was the right thing to do.”
Before being tossed, Sabathia allowed just one hit and struck out five on just 55 pitches.
Asked whether New York should still pay the bonus to the 18-year veteran, New York manager Aaron Boone quipped: “That’s definitely above my pay grade.”
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