Umpire Ejects Fan Heckling Harper

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MLB umpire Tim Welke looking concerned during a Rays and Orioles game

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During the sixth inning of Tuesday (Sept. 16) night’s game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, home plate umpire Tim Welke ejected a fan who was shouting obscenities at Bryce Harper.

Welke was heard on live TV saying, “Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy! Get rid of him now! Get rid of him!”

Harper thanked Welke before he went back up to the plate. Harper hears plenty of criticism and yelling from fans but Welke, who has been umpiring in the majors for 30 years, had heard enough of the foul-mouthed fan.

“There’s no place for that,” Welke told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Forget that it was directed at that player. Enough is enough.”