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June 13, 2018

There is "irritation," then there is "being mad," followed by "fury" and "volcanic rage." And then, somewhere beyond even that, there is Terry Collins.

New audio has surfaced of a 2016 at-bat, in which New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is ejected by the home plate umpire, Adam Hamari, after throwing a fastball behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley in retaliation for Utley's slide in the 2015 NLDS that broke the leg of the Mets' Ruben Tejada. Things at first proceed in a calm and civilized way: Crew chief Tom Hallion races up to confirm Syndergaard's ejection, telling him, "You can't do that, you're done." Syndergaard and his teammates try to argue their point in their best inside voices — and then Collins arrives.

Collins ignores Hallion to shout an unpublishable epithet at Hamari before explaining to the assembled umpires that he believes the call to eject Syndergaard is "f--king bulls--t." An unfazed Hallion replies: "Terry — Terry, get a handle."

Terry, needless to say, does not get a handle. May this be a lesson to us all: Mic everyone. Jeva Lange

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