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CHICAGO — In recent weeks, Cardinals head coach Oliver Marmore has revealed that Nolan Arenado is the most competitive player he’s ever worked with at the major league level.
in Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field , Arenado’s fiery competitiveness spilled over and resulted in his star player being eliminated for the seventh time. 10 years MLB career.
Dealing with runners in the first and second With two outs in three innings, Arenado appeared to block a check swing before taking a step toward first base. That’s when home plate referee John Libka ruled that Arenado went too far on his swing and the All-Star slugger was out.
Arenado reacted angrily and stomped back to Lieb Card, objecting to him making the call without at least seeking help from the first base umpire. As Arenado continued to argue, Libka ejected the nine-time Gold Gloves champion. Arenado was thrown — his second foul of the season — before Marmore could get out of the dugout and get between his superstar third baseman and Libka. eliminated. Malmore can be heard and seen complaining to Libka about his “quick trigger” when popping Arenado.
The ejection is a blow to the Cardinals, who have Rested superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for the night. Instead of adding Goldschmidt to the game, the Cardinals put Paul De Jong at shortstop and moved Tommy Edman from short to third.
Arenado won seven of 21 games in August Bases, 9 doubles and 22 RBIs came into Wednesday.