Cardinals' Oliver Marmol Had One of the Most Heated Ejections of the MLB Season

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a dreadful start to the 2024 MLB season, as they currently sit in last place in the National League Central with a 16-24 record. And while they did get a win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to snap a seven-game skid, the victory came after the team's manager, Oliver Marmol, and bench coach, Daniel Descalso, were ejected after yelling at the umpires over a couple of calls.

The fireworks came after the Cardinals won their second challenge in a row on calls made by first base umpire Sean Barber. Marmol and Descalso chirped at the umps, which led to the ejections and then one of the most heated arguments of the season, with Marmol giving home plate umpire Alan Porter all of the business.

Here's how that played out:

Marmol later downplayed the incident, saying this, via ESPN:

"Alan Porter and Sean Barber are good umpires," Marmol said. "That had more to do with getting something going. Those guys do a nice job. Their job is tough. But at times, you've just got to a little skid—get something going. I don't have anything against that group."

The Cardinals open a three-game set against the Angels on Monday night in Los Angeles.

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