The only ovation larger than the one that Roy Halladay received from the Toronto crowd on Saturday when he first took to the mound to warm up ahead of the bottom of the first inning was the clap offering given to Jon Rauch when he went Incredible Hulk on home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.
During the fracas, the 6’11″ 280 lbs Blue Jays reliever accidentally elbowed his intervening manager John Farrell in the jaw while he was being restrained. The skipper kept a stiff upper lip during the game, but afterwards had to have his jaw reset due to the blow.
Major League Baseball is still reviewing the video, but it’s expected that a fine and/or suspension will come Rauch’s way for the threat of violence he showed on Saturday.
Although the outburst came after a close play at the plate following Shane Victorino’s RBI single, the real reason for Rauch’s anger was due to the batter before. Ryan Howard walked on six pitches, with the ball four call being suspect to say the least.
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