Aaron Boone suspended: Why MLB disciplined Yankees manager after latest ejection

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been ejected twice in a week. He won’t get the chance for No. 3 on Friday night, thanks to a one-game suspension from MLB.

Bench coach Carlos Mendoza will manage the club for the start of a weekend series against the Padres at Yankee Stadium. 

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Boone’s Yankees are third in the American League East with a 30-22 record. They trail the division-leading Rays by seven games and are barely holding onto a wild-card spot. Now they’ll be in a familiar spot: playing without their manager, whose temper has been on full display in 2023.

The Sporting News looks at why Boone won’t be in the dugout Friday night: 

Why was Aaron Boone suspended?

MLB said Friday that Boone was suspended for his “recent conduct” toward umpires. The Yankees skipper has earned a reputation lately for being fiery, especially when it comes to arguing ball-strike calls against Aaron Judge.

Boone believes that Judge is umpired differently than other players because of his size and that the superstar’s strike zone is unfair. Arguing balls and strikes earns managers a one-way ticket back to the clubhouse, but that hasn’t deterred Boone in 2023. 

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On May 15, he was tossed in Toronto against the Blue Jays and then broke out his best fastball as he threw a piece of gum in anger.

Thursday night, the manager was ejected for, among other things, appearing to spit on home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso, who told Boone after their nose-to-nose argument, “You spit in my face.”

How many times has Aaron Boone been ejected in 2023?

Boone earned his fourth ejection of the season in Thursday night’s game against the Orioles. 

He was ejected on April 12 against the Guardians, May 15 against the Blue Jays, May 21 against the Reds and May 25 against the Orioles. Since being hired as Yankees manager in 2018, Boone has been thrown out 30 times in 760 games, including nine times in 2022.