Toronto Blue Jays coach Charlie Montoyo saved first star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from being sent off Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros.
As is the case every year, there will always be a striking area variance between batter and home plate rule. Just look at what happened between Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies and Angel Hernandez.
During the Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, April 30th against the Houston Astros, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. didn’t agree to a hit attack at the bottom of the fifth inning that landed in the bottom corner of the area. Guerrero threw his racket to the floor and walked away from the batter box, visibly frustrated.
That was when manager Charlie Montoyo came to the rescue, confronting referee Nick Lintz and sharing a few words with him before he was sent off.
Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo saved Vlad Jr. from an unnecessary expulsion
Montoyo emphasized, via Keegan Matheson from MLB.com, he argued with the home board referee as a way to prevent Guerrero from being ejected from the game. This plan certainly worked, as Guerrero remained in the game.
The Blue Jays kept the win 2-1. Outfielder’s George Springer was responsible for the Toronto rounds he scored after hitting two solo home runs. In fact, his first day of the leadership position arrived. It was official 46 home lead of his career.
Guerrero finished the match with a 0 for 4 lead, scoring two goals and leaving three runners at the base.