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Ejections All Too Common This Year In Baseball

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The ejection has become a common place in baseball. Almost daily a player or coach will be asked to leave a game. With this in mind I wanted to see if most of these ejections were warranted. Naturally there are times when player, coach, umpire, or all three are out of line. I decided to see if there were any sequences or patterns to either umpire or athlete. What I found was quite amusing and interesting.

To start with I watched all 106 ejections this year in Major League Baseball. I found this to be quite amusing because for the most part you can read the lips of both the athlete and the ump. So I compiled the numbers and found that the following umpires lead the league in ejections; Tim Timmons and Joe West each with five. Timmons has ejected five different people in five different cities against five different teams. There were no patterns except for the fact that 4 of the people ejected were tossed for arguing balls and strikes. That means that four different human beings agreed that Timmons was doing a sub-par job. Along with Timmons his colleagues, Tim Tschida (crew chief), Bob Davidson and Alfonso Marquez, are second in the league with 13 ejections to 13 different people showing no particular dislike for certain players just for making good calls. Joe West on the other hand tossed Ozzie Guillen after West taunted pitcher Mark Buerhle on a borderline balk call. West then tossed Buerhle the following inning. West and his crew Paul Schreiber, Angel Hernandez and Rob Drake lead the league with 15 ejections and have shown a propensity to toss teammates out in bunches. Washington had three teammates tossed in one game against Cincinnati (Jim Riggleman by Schreiber, Ian Desmond and Miguel Bautista by West), San Diego had two against Milwaukee (Adrian Gonzalez and Bud Black by Drake), Atlanta two (Johnny Venters and Bobby Cox by Hernandez) to go along with the White Sox. On the flip side three crews are tied for the bottom with two ejections each, Derryl Cousins and his crew were correct on both calls leading to ejections, Mike Reilly’s crew had two instances of arguing balls and strikes when Eric Cooper was behind the plate and Brian Gorman’s unit missed one call leading to the dismissal of Bruce Bochy and tossed James Loney after arguing balls and strikes.

To say that all of these ejections are the umpires fault is completely unfair so I also looked at the other side of things. Charlie Manuel leads all of baseball with five ejections with Guillen just behind him with four. For the most part the two get tossed protecting their players. As for the actual players two Dodgers lead the MLB with two early exits each, James Loney both times for arguing balls and strikes and Russell Martin who got ran for balls and strikes and a missed call at second. Other interesting player stats are the fact the Nationals lead the MLB in ejections with eight while the White Sox top the AL with six. Toronto and Milwaukee have each seen the team their playing lose a member eight times this year while the cities of Los Angeles and Tampa Bay have enjoyed watching seven players leave those respective ballparks early in 2010. The Dodgers, Padres, Nationals and Blue Jays all have seen 11 players take early showers whether it was their own or the opposing team. The same Padres amazingly have seen seven different members get run, the most people from any one team (Adrian Gonzalez, Bud Black, Rick Renteria, Everth Cabrera, Yorvit Torrealba, Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.). The Dodgers are the only MLB team not to have lost a coach during a ballgame while the Nationals have lost three coaches (Riggleman, Rick Eckstein and Dan Radison) and the Royals have had two different managers asked to leave (Ned Yost and Tre Hillman).

With all of this being said I have come to the distinct conclusion that in every game there is someone to blame. I know deep right? But the deal is this, sometimes the player is at fault and sometimes the umpire is. The one thing that can be counted on is the fireworks that ensue. So pay close attention to these upcoming baseball games because you never know when someone will blow up.

Side Note: After watching all these videos I came up with some awards enjoy viewing these.

Best Argument: Bob Davidson and Joe Maddon 05/25/10 vs. Boston, the two really go at it after Davidson ejects Carl Crawford for arguing balls and strikes. If you watch closely you can see Davidson mouth, “You don’t know s***, I call f***ing balls and strikes you don’t,” at the 55 second mark.

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Worst Call Leading to Ejection: Alfonso Marquez tosses Ron Gardenhire 07/02/10 vs. Tampa Bay, he’s standing right there looking right at the play and somehow misses this call.

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Worst Provoked Ejection: Mike Estabrook runs Ned Yost 06/03/10 vs. Los Angeles Angels, Triple A umpire Estabrook tosses Yost after he clearly steps out of line with his condescending presence over catcher Jason Kendal.

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Most Polite Ejection: Lance Barksdale kindly removes Fredi Gonzalez 06/20/10 vs. Tampa Bay Rays, very calm doesn’t get bothered then just tosses him. Very smooth. Even after Gonzalez gets tossed he stays calm.

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Favorite Argument: Tim Welke removes Jerry Hairston Jr. 05/21/10 at Seattle Mariners, I just love everything about it, it’s a 15-4 ball game, Hairston is clearly expecting the horrible call and the umpire is clearly expecting the argument. Everything goes to plan, Hairston argues and Welke runs him with no hesitation.

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And for fun here is when Scott Hairston got ran against the Houston Astros. A little bit different demeanor then his brother but once he is tossed by Ron Kulpa you can see his displeasure. Plus Kulpa clearly had some issue against Hairston.

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