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Aaron Boone ejected after arguing controversial Juan Soto obstruction call

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Yankees went from a chance for an explosive inning to an explosive exit.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the first inning on Wednesday night, Giancarlo Stanton hit a pop fly to second base.

Juan Soto was slowly backing away to second base after an infield fly was called and was taking his final step toward the base when Angels shortstop Zach Neto reached out to catch a pop fly and collided with Soto as the ball dropped.

Second base umpire Vic Carapazza called Soto for interference, resulting in a double play, and Aaron Boone was quickly called from the dugout.

The umpires met to discuss the matter before Boone could argue, and ultimately agreed on the call on the field.

This infuriated Boone, who got into a heated argument with Carapazza and was soon ejected for the third time this season.

Eventually, bench coach Brad Ausmus came out and appeared to make the same argument, to no avail.


Aaron Boone was ejected from the Yankees-Angels game in the first inning after challenging a call of interference by Juan Soto. Prime

Juan Soto was called out on the play.
Juan Soto was called out on the play.

A similar play occurred just five days earlier at the end of a White Sox-Orioles game, when a double play was called after a runner returned to second base on an infield fly and a fielder collided with the runner.

The team manager said that night that if a runner interferes with a fielder’s attempt to catch the ball, intent on the part of the runner is not required for interference to be called.

According to a report from ESPN, MLB then contacted the White Sox (who were at bat in the situation) to tell them that an interference call should not have been made.

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