Friday, July 27, 2007

Baseball Ejections: Addendum Numero Cinco

Look at the bright side: at least John Lannan will always remember his first game in the bigs.

As noted by the D.C. Sports Bog, Lannan became the third player since 1994 to be ejected from his major league debut when Hunter Wendelstedt ran him for plunking Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the fifth inning on July 26. He wasn't the only National sent to an early shower: manager Manny Acta was also tossed after enacting Unwritten Rule 112.2(b), which if it were actually written down would state that any time a player is ejected from his first major league game, his manager is contractually obligated to get himself thrown out as well.

Acta's ejection leaves Texas' Ron Washington and St. Louis' Tony LaRussa as the only managers who have not been thrown out of a game this season. Any bets on who gets the hook first?

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

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

San Diego Padres
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

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

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

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

Washington Nationals
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

1 Comment:

Run Up The Score! said...

The Lannam/Acta ejections were ridiculous, because Hunter W. totally overreacted to the hit batters...although the first hit batter was Chase Utley's broken hand, so yeah, screw that guy.