Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and umpire C.B. Bucknor FINALLY shake hands – two days after St Louis skip snubbed MLB official amid ongoing feud over ‘poor sportsmanship’
St Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and umpire C.B. Bucknor have buried the hatchet after lineup cards were exchanged at a spring training game on Monday, just two days after the MLB official refused to shake Marmol’s hand and the manager said Bucknor ‘had no class.’
‘I was raised and brought up in this organization to do exactly what I did today,’ Marmol said. ‘You go to home plate. You hand the lineup card and you shake the hands of the four umpires who are running that game.’
The feud stems from a Cardinals-Diamondbacks game last year when Marmol was ejected by Bucknor at the top of the third inning.
The umpire passed up on the opportunity to make amends and shake Marmol’s hand on Saturday before the Cardinals’ first game of spring training against the Nationals, according to Marmol.
MLB is looking into any exchange between both men. Marmol publicly slammed Bucknor’s reaction in his postgame comments with reporters.
St Louis manager Oliver Marmol (R) argues with CB Bucknor after being ejected on August 21
The pair had to be separated by umpire Jeff Nelson at Chase Field – home of the Diamondbacks
‘I don’t think he’s good at his job, and it just shows a lack of class as a man,’ Marmol said after the 3-2 loss Saturday.
On Sunday, an MLB spokesperson told ESPN that the league is ‘aware of Mr. Marmol’s comments, and the matter is under review.’
The pair have history, with Bucknor ejecting the St. Louis manager back in August at Chase Field – after a controversial, incorrect call to the team’s third baseman Nolan Arenado – which led to a heated verbal exchange.
Bucknor ejected Marmol, who came out of the dugout to argue, and as the two shouted at each other, Marmol appeared to have told Bucknor that his time in baseball’s elite was done.
Bucknor then appeared to tell Marmol that he better get used to the big leagues relatively quickly, referring to the 35-year-old becoming the youngest manager in MLB last season, five years younger than the next youngest.
On Saturday, Marmol walked over to home plate to exchange lineup cards, and according to his version of events, Bucknor declined to shake his hand.
The game’s three other designated umpires – Ron Kulpa, Angel Hernandez and Carlos Torres – had no issue taking part in a handshake with Marmol. According to the Cardinals manager himself, they even apologized for Bucknor’s refusal.
Bucknor, 60, has been officiating in MLB since 1996. Before becoming the Cardinals’ manager, Marmol, 36, was the team’s first-base coach until 2021.
Marmol, 35, became MLB’s youngest manager last season after being promoted from within
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