Monday, June 18, 2007

Who Doesn't Love A Good Baseball Ejection?

(Updated through August 6, 2007)

Some fans will try to tell you that the triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Others will cast a vote for the homerun, particularly those of the high, majestic variety. And a few will insist that nothing could be better than an important strikeout on a perfectly executed pitch.

All of those are great, for sure, and may well be the most exciting things that can happen when the ball is in play. But to me, the most exciting thing that can happen on a baseball field is when a call goes against a team, the manager or individual player takes umbrage, and somebody does enough to get himself tossed from the game.

So far this season, more than ninety players, managers and coaches have been ejected from major league games for reasons that range from the old standard of arguing balls and strikes to the more unusual “leaving the third base coach’s box.” The biggest stories are probably Atlanta’s Bobby Cox (currently tied for first all-time with 131 early showers in his career, including four this season) and Chicago’s Lou Piniella (only tossed once so far, but it was a good one that involved dirt kicking, cap tossing and a four game suspension).

On Sunday, Philadelphia’s Charlie Manuel picked up his league-leading fifth ejection of the season, moving one ahead of Cox and Houston’s Phil Garner. He was thrown out as part of a three-man mass exodus in the eighth inning of the Phillies’ game against the Tigers, an epic event that vaulted the City of Brotherly Love’s Nine into the overall team lead with eight ejections.

Also asked to leave early on Sunday was Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon, who had previously been one of four skippers without an ejection this season (the others are Texas’ Ron Washington, Washington’s Manny Acta, and St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa). The Cardinals might do well to inject some passion into their lives: the struggling defending champions are the only team that has not had anyone thrown out of a game all year.

The (more or less) complete list of Major League Baseball ejections this season can be found below (only a handful may be missing). It will be updated periodically through the rest of the season, with the possibility of grading exceptionally angry performances according to the highly subjective Mikulik-Wellman Scale.

Arizona Diamondbacks (1)
April 25 – Bob Melvin, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Mike Reilly for arguing balls and strikes

Atlanta Braves (9)
April 22 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 6 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 7th by third base umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a check-swing

May 6 – Chipper Jones, third base
Bottom 7th by third base umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a check-swing

May 25 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 25 – Edgar Renteria, shortstop
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 26 – John Smoltz, pitcher
Bottom 3rd by first base umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing a foul ball call

May 26 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 3rd by first base umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing a foul ball call

June 23 – Brian McCann, catcher (1)
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes

June 23 – Bobby Cox, manager (5)
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes

July 16 – Jeff Francoeur, right field
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes

Baltimore Orioles (3)
June 8 – Sam Perlozzo, manager
Top 6th by home plate umpire Larry Vanover for arguing a balk call

June 14 – Sam Perlozzo, manager
8th by first base umpire Ed Montague for arguing balls and strikes

June 14 – Jay Payton, outfield
8th by first base umpire Ed Montague for arguing balls and strikes

Boston Red Sox (8)
April 10 – Brendan Donnelly, pitcher
Top 8th by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for throwing at a batter

April 10 – Terry Francona, manager
Top 8th by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for throwing at a hitter

April 28 – Coco Crisp, center field
Top 8th by home plate umpire Bruce Froemming for arguing balls and strikes

June 6 – Terry Francona, manager
Top 8th by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes

June 15 – David Ortiz, designated hitter
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo for arguing balls and strikes

June 23 – Terry Francona, manager
Top 6th by third base umpire Brian Knight for arguing a homerun reversal

Jul 20 – Terry Francona, manager
Top 2nd by third base umpire Tim McClelland for arguing a homerun call

August 6 – Manny Ramirez, left field
Top 4th by home plate umpire Jamie Hoye for arguing balls and strikes

Chicago Cubs (5)
May 20 – Cliff Floyd, pinch-hitter
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Joe West for arguing balls and strikes

June 2 – Lou Piniella, manager
Bottom 8th by third base umpire Mark Wegner for arguing a call at third base

June 10 – Ted Lilly, pitcher
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Jim Wolf for arguing a warning

June 16 – Gerald Perry, hitting coach
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for fighting

June 16 – Derrek Lee, first base
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for fighting

Chicago White Sox (8)
April 15 – Joe Crede, third base
Top 6th by home plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing balls and strikes

May 21 – Jermaine Dye, right field
Top 6th by home plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing balls and strikes

June 3 – Ozzie Guillen, manager
Bottom 3rd by home plate umpire Alfonzo Marquez for arguing a check-swing

June 7 – A.J. Pierzynski, catcher
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing balls and strikes

June 24 – Ozzie Guillen, manager
Top 8th by first base umpire Joe West for arguing an obstruction call at second base

July 31 – Ozzie Guillen, manager
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for arguing balls and strikes

July 31 – Paul Konerko, first base
Top 6th by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for arguing balls and strikes

August 1 – Charles Haeger, pitcher
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for hitting a batter

Cincinnati Reds (3)
May 20 – Jerry Narron, manager
Top 8th by third base umpire Gary Darling for arguing a call at third base

May 30 – Jerry Narron, manager
Top 1st by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing balls and strikes

July 7 – Ryan Freel, third base
Top 8th by first base umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing a call at first base

Cleveland Indians (2)
April 27 – Eric Wedge, manager
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes

July 14 – Ryan Garko, first base
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing balls and strikes

Colorado Rockies (3)
May 7 – Clint Hurdle, manager
Top 9th by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a homerun call

June 8 – Clint Hurdle, manager
Top 8th by home plate umpire Larry Vanover for arguing balls and strikes

June 23 – Yorvit Torrealba, catcher
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Gerry Davis for arguing balls and strikes

Detroit Tigers (5)
May 31 – Gary Sheffield, designated hitter
Top 5th by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes

June 2 – Justin Verlander, pitcher
Bottom 4th by second base umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes

June 2 – Jim Leyland, manager
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo for arguing balls and strikes

June 29 – Lloyd McClendon, hitting coach
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Marty Foster for arguing balls and strikes

July 12 – Ivan Rodriguez, catcher
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Mike Winters for making contact while arguing an obstruction call

Florida Marlins (4)
May 24 – Fredi Gonzalez, manager
Top 3rd by first base umpire Chuck Meriweather for arguing a call at first base

June 12 – Fredi Gonzalez, manager
Top 6th by home plate umpire Brian Knight for throwing at a batter

June 12 – Taylor Tankersley, pitcher
Top 6th by home plate umpire Brian Knight for throwing at a batter

June 12 – Aaron Boone, first base
Top 6th by home plate umpire Brian Knight for arguing an ejection

Houston Astros (7)
April 13 – Phil Garner, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing a balk

May 11 – Phil Garner, manager
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Dale Scott for arguing balls and strikes

June 5 – Phil Garner, manager
Top 9th by third base umpire Ed Rapuano for arguing a warning issued to his team

June 5 – Lance Berkman, outfield
Top 8th by third base umpire Ed Rapuano for arguing a check-swing

June 6 – Woody Williams, pitcher
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire C.P. Bucknor for throwing at a batter

June 8 – Phil Garner, manager
Top 4th by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing balls and strikes

June 8 – Lance Berkman, outfield
Top 4th by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing balls and strikes

Kansas City Royals (4)
April 9 – Buddy Bell, manager
Bottom 2nd by third base umpire Gerry Davis for arguing fan interference

May 30 – Buddy Bell, manager
Top 8th by home plate umpire Marty Foster for arguing balls and strikes

May 30 – Emil Brown, left field
Top 8th by home plate umpire Marty Foster for arguing balls and strikes

July 6 – Buddy Bell, manager
Top 9th by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes

Los Angeles Angels (2)
May 13 – Mike Scioscia, manager
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for throwing at a batter

May 13 – Hector Carrasco, pitcher
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Hector Carrasco for throwing at a batter

Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
June 3 – Grady Little, manager
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a call at home plate

Milwaukee Brewers (4)
April 10 – Tony Graffanino, second base
Top 8th by home plate umpire Doug Eddings for arguing balls and strikes

May 15 – Ned Yost, manager
Top 4th by home plate umpire Larry Vanover for arguing balls and strikes

May 25 – Ned Yost, manager
Top 7th by home plate umpire Jerry Layne for arguing balls and strikes

May 25 – Geoff Jenkins, left field
Top 7th by home plate umpire Jerry Layne for arguing balls and strikes

Minnesota Twins (6)
May 2 – Ron Gardenhire, manager
Bottom 5th by first base umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a call at first base

May 10 – Ron Gardenhire, manager
Top 5th by home plate umpire Derryl Cousins for arguing a call at home plate

June 24 – Ron Gardenhire, manager
Top 4th by home plate umpire Larry Young for arguing balls and strikes

June 24 – Michael Cuddyer, right field
Top 4th by home plate umpire Larry Young for arguing balls and strikes

June 26 – Ron Gardenhire, manager
Top 8th by home plate umpire Mike Winters for arguing a call at home plate

July 3 – Torii Hunter, center field
Top 8th by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing balls and strikes

New York Mets (3)
April 14 – Orlando Hernandez, pitcher
Top 6th by home plate umpire Mike Winters for throwing at a batter

April 28 – Willie Randolph, manager
Bottom 6th by first base umpire Tony Randazzo for arguing a call at first base

June 23 – Paul Lo Duca, catcher
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing balls and strikes

New York Yankees (4)
May 6 – Joe Torre, manager
Top 7th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for throwing at a hitter

May 6 – Scott Proctor, pitcher
Top 7th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for throwing at a batter

June 1 – Joe Torre, manager
Top 5th by third base umpire Jerry Crawford for arguing a caught stealing

June 1 – Scott Proctor, pitcher
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora for throwing at a batter

Oakland Athletics (2)
May 1 – Bob Geren, manager
Top 5th by home plate umpire Charlie Reliford for arguing a check swing

July 8 – Joe Blanton, pitcher
Top 7th by home plate umpire Travis Reininger for fighting

Philadelphia Phillies (8)
May 1 – Charlie Manuel, manager
Top 7th by home plate umpire Joe West for arguing a balk

May 23 – Rod Barajas, catcher
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing a call at home plate

May 23 – Charlie Manuel, manager
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing a call at home plate

June 1 – Charlie Manuel, manager
Top 2nd by first base umpire Tim McClelland for arguing a check-swing

June 7 – Charlie Manuel, manager
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Jerry Layne for arguing a homerun reversal

June 17 – Charlie Manuel, manager
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing balls and strikes

June 17 – Carlos Ruiz, catcher
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing balls and strikes

June 17 – Steve Smith, third base coach
Bottom 8th by first base umpire Laz Diaz for arguing balls and strikes

Pittsburgh Pirates (3)
May 5 – Matt Capps, pitcher
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for throwing at a batter

May 8 – Jim Tracy, manager
Top 7th by first base umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a call at second base

July 25 – Jim Tracy, manager
Bottom 3rd by third base umpire Larry Vanover for arguing a call in left field

San Diego Padres (9)
April 18 – David Wells, pitcher
12th by first base umpire Doug Eddings for arguing a call at first base

May 29 – Marcus Giles, second base
Top 2nd by first base umpire Joe West for arguing balls and strikes

May 31 – Josh Bard, catcher
Top 11th by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano for arguing a homerun call

May 31 – Bud Black, manager
Top 11th by third base umpire Joe West for arguing a homerun call

June 16 – Jake Peavy, pitcher
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for fighting

June 16 – Chris Young, pitcher
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for fighting

July 7 – David Wells, pitcher
Top 4th by home plate umpire Ed Hickox for arguing balls and strikes

July 22 – Bud Black, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing balls and strikes

July 22 – Michael Barrett, catcher
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing balls and strikes

San Francisco Giants (5)
May 5 – Dave Righetti, pitching coach
Top 7th by first base umpire Jim Reynolds for arguing balls and strikes

May 18 – Steve Kline, pitcher
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes

May 18 – Bruce Bochy, manager
Bottom 8th by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes

June 20 – Bruce Bochy, manager
Top 6th by first base umpire Brian Knight for arguing a call

June 23 – Bruce Bochy, manager
Bottom 6th by first base umpire Phil Cuzzi for arguing a call

Seattle Mariners (7)
April 10 – Jose Guillen, right field
Top 8th by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for charging the mound

May 6 – Mike Hargrove, manager
7th by home plate umpire Mike Everitt

June 8 – Carlos Garcia, third base coach
Top 9th by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for leaving the third base coach’s box

June 22 – Mike Hargrove, manager
Top 2nd by home plate umpire Mike Winters for arguing balls and strikes

July 8 – Miguel Batista, pitcher
Top 7th by home plate umpire Travis Reininger for fighting

July 22 – John McLaren, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes

July 29 – Richie Sexson, first base
Top 6th by second base umpire Mark Carlson for arguing a call at first base

St. Louis Cardinals (3)
July 28 – Tony LaRussa, manager
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing a check swing

August 2 – Scott Spiezio, left field
Bottom 10th by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing balls and strikes

August 5 – Tony LaRussa, manager
Top 5th by home plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes

Tampa Bay Devil Rays (4)
May 10 – Ty Wigginton, third base
Bottom 5th by third base umpire James Hoye for arguing a call at third base

June 17 – Joe Maddon, manager
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing balls and strikes

July 25 – Steve Henderson, hitting coach
Top 4th by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes

July 28 – Joe Maddon, manager
Top 11th by home plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes

Texas Rangers (6)
April 18 – Jerry Hairston, Jr., left field
Top 3rd by first base umpire James Hoye for arguing a call at first base

May 14 – Sammy Sosa, outfield
9th by home plate umpire Tim Timmons

July 3 – Art Howe, bench coach
Top 8th by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck for arguing balls and strikes

July 8 – Frank Catalanotto, left field
Bottom 1st by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing balls and strikes

August 6 – Michael Young, shortstop
Bottom 11th by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes

August 6 – Ron Washington, manager
Bottom 11th by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes

Toronto Blue Jays (4)
April 21 – John Gibbons, manager
Top 5th by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for arguing balls and strikes

June 27 – John Gibbons, manager
Top 9th by home plate manager Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes

June 27 – Frank Thomas, designated hitter
Top 9th by home plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes

July 20 – John Gibbons, manager
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing balls and strikes

July 30 – John Gibbons, manager
Bottom 8th by third base umpire Tim Welke for arguing balls and strikes

Washington Nationals (5)
May 23 – Ray King, pitcher
Bottom 7th by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing balls and strikes

July 2 – Robert Fick, pinch-hitter
Top 8th by home plate umpire Scott Barry for arguing balls and strikes

July 19 – Dmitri Young, first base
Bottom 3rd by home plate umpire Rob Drake for arguing balls and strikes

July 26 – John Lannan, pitcher
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for throwing at a hitter

July 26 – Manny Acta, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for throwing at a hitter

5 Comments:

rstiles said...

DAMN!!!....impressive list

The Hook said...

Enjoyed the list. Thanks for putting it together.

I wish MLB miked these exchanges like they do in the NFL.

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thexfactor264 said...

There are two ejections missing from this list, however they were "quiet" ejections that are not reflected in the MLB box scores, but are discussed in the press accounts of the game.

On July 18, Jim Leyland was ejected by 1st base umpire Phil Cuzzi in the 9th for arguing a checked swing. Proof: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070719&content_id=2096001&vkey=news_det&fext=.jsp&c_id=det

On August 27, David Wright was ejected by Home Plate umpire CB Bucknor in the top of the 9th inning for arguing balls & strikes. Proof: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070827&content_id=2173306&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym

One More Dying Quail said...

xfactor, that's great - thanks for adding those in. I'll have to put them on the final list.