Referee Dan Bellino apologizes for Madison Bumgarner incident

Umpire Dan Bellino has issued an apology for his role in the bizarre ejection of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday.

Bellino apologized and took “full responsibility” for his unusual stare with Bumgarner during a substance check. Bellino added that he will try to be better in the future, via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers:

“I would like to speak about my May 4th actions involving Madison Bumgarner,” her statement said. “When I started my career in MLB almost 15 years ago, I received good advice. I was told to officiate every game as if my children were sitting in the front row. I don’t did not meet those expectations this week. While I cannot go back and change what happened, I take full responsibility. I will learn from this incident and I sincerely apologize.

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