Mike Napoli says plate umpire Tripp Gibson tossed him because he didn't pick up his bat and tote it back to the dugout on Sunday.
Napoli was called out on strikes in the second inning and told Gibson he disagreed with the call. As he was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him out.
"First of all, it was a ball," Napoli said. "I thought I walked. That's why I dropped my bat. And I had a conversation with him, told him I thought it was a ball. He said it was a good pitch, so I started taking off my batting gloves and started walking back toward the dugout."
Napoli had only taken a step or two when the umpire stopped him.
"He told me I forgot my bat," Napoli said. "I stopped a little bit, and [then] he told me to come back and pick up the bat. I pointed at the bat boy, who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. So then, when he tossed me, I told him how I felt."
Napoli gave an earful to Gibson, who is in his first season as a full-time major league umpire, before manager John Farrell pulled the player away and took up Napoli's cause for him.