Braves manager Brian Snitker earned his first ejection of the season for arguing that balk call. This time he protested from the dugout but didn’t go on the field to confront Everitt, who is a crew chief.
“He’s been (called for) balks the last two moves he’s made and prior to that he wasn’t balked at all, all season,” Snitker said. “I don’t know. I’m just thinking it’s too coincidental, I guess, a little bit maybe. I don’t know if he balked; he might have balked. I haven’t looked at (the replay).”
Does Snitker believe umpires conferred about cracking down on balks in general, or with Garcia specifically?
“I don’t know, I hope it’s all of them if they’re going to do that,” Snitker said. “Because I’ve seen a lot of guys for a while – a lot of guys are balking, so I just kind of assumed they were shying away from all that unless it was just blatant.”
Garcia said he asked Everitt for an explanation for the balk call.
“He wouldn’t even look at me at first,” Garcia said. “And then he acted like I was mad or yelling at him. I was just asking him a normal question. It seems like sometimes they have a little bit of an attitude. For me, it’s out of my control. What I can control is make my pitches and their job is to make those calls and he made it.”