Toronto, ON – Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will likely be hearing from commissioner Bud Selig in the near future after his tirade in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Rays ended with his helmet hitting home plate umpire Bill Miller in the leg.
Trailing 4-3 with one out in the ninth, Lawrie appeared to draw a walk when Fernando Rodney's 3-1 pitch caught Jose Molina's glove nearly a foot off the plate.
Lawrie, 22, began his trot to first base but was stopped in his tracks when Miller made a late strike call.
Rodney's payoff pitch looked out of the strike zone, and Lawrie again started towards first with an apparent walk. This time, Miller wasted little time calling the pitch a strike, and Lawrie erupted.
Just as Miller was ejecting him from the game, Lawrie spiked his helmet in the umpire's direction, and it struck Miller in the leg after hitting the ground.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell needed to separate the two, and he too was ejected by the time Lawrie made his way to the dugout.
Rodney retired the next hitter to complete Tampa Bay's sweep of the two-game series.