The enmity between St. Louis Cardinals Manager Oliver Marmol and an MLB umpire are already warming up, with Marmol calling out the umpire for his «lack of class as a man» for an apparent slight during the Cardinals’ season-opener of spring training over the weekend. of week.
Mármol, 36, did not hold back when detailing the interaction he had with referee CB Bucknor before the start of Saturday’s game against the washington nationals where Bucknor refused to shake his hand during the exchange of lineup cards.
«I went into that game pretty sure of my thoughts on him as a referee,» Mármol said. «They weren’t very good, and it shows his lack of class as a man. I chose my words wisely. I just don’t think he’s good at his job, and it just showed his lack of class as a man.»
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Clearly, the duo are not on good terms following their last interaction in August, when Bucknor ejected Mármol from a game after he protested a Bucknor strike against Nolan Arenado.
Marble explained Saturday that shaking hands with Bucknor had little to do with keeping the peace and more to do with good sportsmanship.
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«It’s not an olive branch,» he said. «It’s just respect. You can have disagreements. You still go to the plate. Every time I get thrown out of a game, I’ll go to the plate the next day for that very purpose. It’s unfortunate.»
“I went home to shake his hand. He did not want. She has zero class ”.
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The cold relations apparently had no impact on the rest of the team: Mármol shook hands with the other three referees.
Associated Press contributed to this report.