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Blue Jays hope Guerrero Jr. learns to control emotions after 1st ejection

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TORONTO – It was, quite literally, a borderline pitch.

With one out and one on in the bottom of the seventh inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took a one-one breaking ball from Houston Astros reliever Hector Rondon on the outside corner. Sometimes umpires call this pitch a ball, sometimes they call it a strike. To home plate umpire Mike Estabrook it looked like a strike. To Guerrero Jr. it did not.

“I know my strike zone very well,” he said through interpreter Hector Lebron.

Frustrated, Guerrero Jr. took a short walk away from home plate in an attempt to reset. He walked back to the box with his hands on his hips then flashed a grin as he settled back in to prepare for Rondon’s next offering.

This time the pitch was outside – everyone would agree on that – but Guerrero Jr. swung anyways and missed. Strike three. Or, in his mind, strike two.

As he turned back toward the home dugout, Guerrero Jr. pointed at Estabrook and appeared to say “that’s you” in reference to the called strike two. From his spot behind home plate, Estabrook told Guerrero Jr. to stop........

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