Thomas ejected after arguing strike call
Slugger replaced by Shannon Stewart as designated hitter
NEW YORK -- Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas took five strides down the first-base line during the fourth inning on Thursday night before he realized that home-plate umpire Bill Miller had called him out on strikes.
Thomas was ejected from the game against the Yankees after he spun around and hovered over Miller, barking in response to the call. Thomas believed that the 3-2 fastball fired by Yankees starter Phil Hughes was a ball, putting runners on first and third base with two outs.
Miller didn't see it that way, and had little patience for Thomas' prolonged tirade after the strikeout ended the inning. Manager John Gibbons came out to try to calm Thomas, who made his way back to the visitor's clubhouse. Shannon Stewart replaced Thomas in the fifth spot of the lineup.
It was the first ejection for Thomas since June 28 of last season, which happened to be the same day the veteran slugger launched the 500th home run of his career in a road game against Minnesota. Similar to Thursday night, Thomas was tossed from that game by home-plate ump Mark Wegner for arguing a called third strike.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.