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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Ejected From Game After Frustrations Mount

Dan “Lasagna” didn’t make a friend in Cody Bellinger on Wednesday night.



Dodgers MVP candidate Cody Bellinger was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after arguing balls and strikes on Wednesday night. Both Angels and Dodgers players were frustrated Iassogna’s inconsistent strike zone all game long.

Bellinger had a valid argument with the sequence in which he struck out on. Strike 1 and 2 were well outside the strike zone.

He spoke with media after the game about the ejection.

I got down in the dugout and went to check the pitches and saw they were outside and that’s when I was like, ‘dude, we gotta do something about this.’ It’s one of those nights for [Iassogna].

When asked about frustration with umpire accountability, the Dodgers outfielder added that doesn’t know how the umpires get evaluated,

I don’t know if they get docked for bad calls or not.

Moreover, Cody added that it was the first ejection in his major league career.

Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian said he was “okay” with the pitch calls during the Bellinger at-bat. Obviously.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Those were 2 consecutive terrible calls at a critical time late in the game! He had a right to be upset.

      • Yeah they need to go or at least be disciplined by MLB. Some umpires just suck and should be fired but there’s others that decide they want to make their own custom strike zone which should be forbidden. Strikes are strikes and balls are balls it shouldn’t be up for interpretation, there’s a plate for a reason

      • Yeah they need to go or at least be disciplined by MLB. Some umpires just are bad and should be fired but there’s others that decide they want to make their own custom strike zone which should be forbidden. Strikes are strikes and balls are balls it shouldn’t be up for interpretation, there’s a plate for a reason

  2. Roberts needs to learn to nut up and protect his players. WAYYYYYY too many bean balls this year and he won’t be a man and let the umpires have it. Shame.

  3. The Dodgers and or any other team should immediately address this issue with that ……. lassogna with the MLB offices and file a legit complaint. I saw where those calls were and this creature has a reputation around baseball that isn’t exactly favorable.. .This ump is one of the worst to begin with and if I had my way, he would be suspended and fined or demoted to the minors at least. He obviously is clueless about the actual strike zone.

  4. Some umpires make terrible calls consistently, and Iassogna is one of them. We cannot tolerate beanballs, however, and I agree some teams are throwing at us.

  5. Automated balls / strikes calls are imperative in this day & age.

    I mean, come on. People can now see the strike zone, thereby see when umpires blow it. Seriously, nobody wants a game where incorrect calls matter.

    What it will take for the laggers to finally catch up will be when a critical playoff game or World Series game is decided by a bad ball / strike call to end the game & series.

    The public uproar from the losing side will rightfully be enormous.

  6. Bellinger owes teammates and fans an apology. While he was pouting and all boo hoo when the third pitch was a fastball down the middle. We will never know how far he could have hit the pitch because he wasn’t so self centered he gave up the at bat while the tying run was on base

  7. Saw the game last night and yep lasagna was all over the place. The one at bat of Pederson’s was actually worse. He walked a couple times in that sequence but was called out on strikes. Not sure we want a robot umpire, though. It would take too much away from the game. As for a Bellinger apology??? C’mon’. He is human like the rest of us. That may be a turning point and fire him back up. Just think if he bats .400 for a month now.

  8. Instead of making a public display of personal dissatisfaction after the first strike call, Cody would’ve been better off to lock in more. Umpires make mistakes just like anyone else. They also have feelings and egos. The ump was going to call the next pitch a strike if the ball was in the same zip code as Cody. When strike three zoomed right down the middle right past the frozen Cody who didn’t move, it made him look like he couldn’t recognize the strike zone anyway, and made it clear he’d lost his cool.

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