After tossing three members of the York Revolution during a two-game stretch earlier this week, umpire Daniel Blanton won’t return to Sovereign Bank Stadium. At least not this year.
Blanton and the other two members of his officiating crew were scheduled to return to Sovereign Bank Stadium Saturday to officiate the York and Bridgeport game. But Blanton was absent from the regular crew that included Dan Wilson and Dave Perry.
York police commissioner Mark Whitman replaced Blanton in the officiating crew, and worked third base during the game.
Whitman has worked for several years officiating minor league and college baseball games, and worked behind the plate last season for an Eastern League game featuring the Harrisburg Senators.
When asked about Blanton’s absence, Atlantic League executive director Joe Klein said: “He’s gone.”
Asked to elaborate on whether Blanton had been suspended or fired, Klein refused comment.
“He’s gone,” Klein said.
Blanton caused an uproar at Sovereign Bank Stadium Monday during the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 victory against York.
Working first base, Blanton ruled Justin Singleton out at first base even though he appeared to beat the throw. Revs manager Chris Hoiles argued the call and was ejected. But the uproar didn’t end there. The next batter, catcher Luis Taveras, hit a ball to short and once again appeared to beat out the throw. Blanton called Taveras out and ejected him. Coach Ryan Minor argued the call but Minor remained in the game.
Another member of the officiating crew tossed pitcher Wayne Franklin in the sixth inning after he remarked following a Lancaster home run.
Following the ejections, the crowd became rowdy and one fan threw a drink on the field. The fan was escorted away from his seat.
Blanton caused more problems when he worked behind the plate in Tuesday’s game. Blanton called York third baseman Matt Dryer out on a called third strike, and then walked down the third-base line. Dryer walked away from the batter’s box too, but when he saw Blanton standing near third the Revs player resumed his argument. Blanton tossed him and once again argued with Hoiles.