Stephen Strasburg
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Nationals pitcher Steven Strasburg was ejected from the game on Thursday. Despite not playing.

Steven Strasburg was watching the game from the empty stands at City Field.

With the bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and Pete Alonso up to bat, home plate umpire Carlos Torres called Nationals pitcher Austin Voth’s fastball, that appeared to hit the bottom of the strike zone, a ball. That pitch brought the count to full. Voth and Nationals manager Davey Martinez both made it clear that they did not agree with the call. After the pitch, Torres walked toward the Nationals dugout, and pointed towards Strasburg and ejected him from the game. Everyone was confused as to how Strasburg could be ejected when he wasn’t even playing.

Since there are no fans in stands, you can hear everything that is said in the stadium. This is an example of this. The SNY broadcast caught someone saying “that was f****** brutal” in response to the call that was just made. That person was in fact Strasburg, and he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Strasburg tipped his cap towards Torres on his way out.

Austin Voth struck out Pete Alonso looking on the next pitch, to end the inning.