MLB Power Rankings: The 25 Best MLB Manager Ejections of All-Time (with Video)
Admit it...you like watching MLB managers get thrown out of games.
It's fun to watch spit—and sometimes more—fly out of their mouths as they scream themselves hoarse at umpires.
While the ejections themselves can be funny, the antics of managers after they are tossed can be even funnier.
Each MLB manager has a signature. Some have it based on their strategies of using players; some have it based on their techniques of training. Yet others, such as Bobby Cox (pictured above), have signatures of being thrown out and providing some off-the-field entertainment.
The following 25 ejections are the best ever, but that doesn't mean that some ejections in the near future can't top them.
25. Any of Billy Martin's Ejections
Known for his on-again, off-again relationship with the New York Yankees, Martin is one of the leaders in all-time ejections.
While I could not find any videos of his ejections, I can describe what a normal ejection would consist of.
Martin would see a call that he didn't like and come sprinting out of the dugout. He would argue the call (using some profanities) and eventually be ejected. After being ejected, Martin would make some gestures, curse some more and kick dirt on the umpire.
Martin's "signature" that I talked about was his kicking of dirt onto the umpires.
24. Mike Scioscia
In this video, Scioscia is arguing a call made by the umps about whether Reggie Willits was safe or not. Scioscia is obviously arguing that his player was safe.
Scioscia comes out and seems to try to keep his cool, but after being thrown out and ignored by the umpires, he loses it. Scioscia's face turns as red as his hat and jacket.
Scioscia won't give up even after being ejected, and his persistence gets him the 24th spot. Unfortunately, there is an annoying kid in the background if you have not watched/listened to it yet. I would suggest no sound on this one.
23. Joe Girardi
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi comes out to argue a call in this ejection, and he gives the ump an earful.
After being tossed due to his language, Girardi releases some tension by kicking some dirt on the plate. After he does this, he proceeds to shout himself hoarse.
Look for the vein on Girardi's neck and how red his face turns.
22. Bobby Valentine
In this ejection of Bobby Valentine, the New York Mets manager comes out to try to stop his catcher, Mike Piazza, from being tossed.
Valentine comes in, trying to separate his player from the umpire, but fails to keep Piazza around. Both Valentine and Piazza were ejected in this one.
It takes two umps to break up this fray, and both Mets are fired up.
The reason Valentine gets this spot is because of his multitasking: his ability to hold back Piazza and use some colorful language that led to his ejection. Even if it doesn't look like much, what Valentine said was big enough to get him tossed easily.
21. Gardenhire Is "Going, Going, Gone"
Ron Gardenhire, manager of the Minnesota Twins, is tossed on July 31, 2008 due to colorful language and animated approach to the umpires.
It appears that after he is ejected, Gardenhire punts his hat, leading to White Sox fans appearing to throw hats and trash onto the field, but only a few fans participate.
While this is not a guarantee that that is what happened (due to a poor cameraman), that is how it appears.
20. Larry Bowa
On July 9, 2004, Larry Bowa was ejected as the Phillies' manager on a disputed home-run call.
Both Bowa and Phillies left fielder Pat Burrell sprinted to the umpires, saying that the ball was foul, but only Bowa was ejected.
Bowa ran with bulging eyes to the home-plate umpire and went nose-to-nose for a few minutes before he was ejected.
During the confrontation, Bowa threw his hat to the ground and gestured to the umpire several times before returning to the dugout.
19. Charlie Hit Me!
During a game against the Cincinnati Reds, Manuel was ejected in extra innings.
During the ejection, Manuel was said to have intentionally hit the home-plate umpire with the brim of his hat.
This "malicious" attack upon the umpire led to a one-game suspension and Manuel gaining the 19th spot on this list.
18. Mike Quade's First Ejection with Cubs
While the video is not supported on this slideshow, it can be viewed here.
Quade's first ejection after taking over for Sweet Lou Piniella involved him getting his money's worth for sure.
Quade came out, argued, was tossed, ran over to the bag, pointed to it, argued some more and finally left the game.
While replay showed that Quade was wrong, one of his players gave his ejection an 8.5 out of 10, coming from a guy who was managed by Piniella the previous year.
17. Kirk Gibson's First
This video can be viewed here.
In this ejection, Gibson's catcher Miguel Montero was called as going around on two identical check swings. Neither Montero nor Gibson agreed, and upon the second one, Gibson came out and argued with home-plate umpire Bob Davidson.
Gibson came out to argue a call that is illegal to argue, and he was immediately tossed by Davidson. Gibson proceeded to lock horns with Davidson. The two did not butt heads long, but they were both pretty fired up, even if it was only the third inning.
16. Jerry Manuel and Carlos Beltran Get Tossed
In this ejection, New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel is ejected while arguing balls and strikes. Manuel gets in the ump's face and argues for a while.
This spreads to Carlos Beltran at the plate, and Beltran is ejected about 20 seconds later on the same call.
For those of you who cannot tell what Beltran is yelling, he is clearly saying horses**t.
15. Terry Francona's Ejection Imitation
On July 10, 2010, usually calm-and-collected Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected.
Following the ejection, Francona imitates the umpire's weak tossing motion and continues to yell at him.
The animated visual and colorful language, in addition to the motion, show how frustrated Francona was. It seems when he loses it, he can be pretty original.
14. Joe Torre and Two Others Tossed
The video of this ejection can be viewed here.
In a bizarre sequence of events, Joe Torre, Clayton Kershaw and Bob Schaefer were all ejected.
In a game against their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, tensions built between teams throughout the game, starting with Tim Lincecum throwing at Matt Kemp.
After both sides were issued warnings, Kershaw hit Aaron Rowand and was ejected. This led to Torre and Schaefer becoming furious with the umpires and arguing that Kershaw did not mean to do it. Both were ejected and continued to argue after the fact, leading to a one-game suspension and a fine for both.
13. Joe Maddon Gets Tossed
The video of this ejection can be viewed here.
On a disputed play, Gavin Floyd caught a toss from Gordon Beckham and tagged first while retaining possession, but that was not the original call.
Floyd was ruled to have lost the ball, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen argued the call, and it was overturned.
After this, Rays manager Joe Maddon came out and argued but was tossed. Maddon proceeded to get his money's worth and "ejected" all four umpires.
You need to see this one.
12. Jim Leyland Can't Say Goodbye
While the cameraman in this video does not capture the ejection with grace, his commentary is quite enjoyable.
After arguing a call, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was tossed and continued to argue for three minutes after he was ejected. Leyland then walked off the field into the dugout, but came back less than a minute later to argue for another minute.
Leyland showed true stamina while screaming his head off at the umpire for a total of five minutes in this one.
11. Francona Loses His Gum
In a game against the Minnesota Twins, Terry Francona made his second appearance on this list.
Tim Wakefield was called for a balk while trying to pick off Denard Span at first base (read more at The Washington Examiner), and Francona came out to argue.
During his ejection, Francona argued for a few minutes and then threw his gum at the umpire. What? Francona literally lost his gum while flapping his gums at the ump, and his creativity earns him a second spot on this "prestigious" list.
10. Jim Leyland Sprays His Sunflower Seeds
Jim Leyland was fined and suspended after an ejection on July 28, 2010.
Leyland was ejected for inappropriate and aggressive conduct during the bottom of the third inning. After he was ejected, he continued to argue with umpire Marty Foster and "accidentally" sprayed him with sunflower seeds.
For some reason, I don't think it was an accident...
9. Whitey Herzog Ejected in Game 7 of 1985 WS
Being ejected in the regular season may be funny, but in Game 7 of the World Series, it is just plain stupid.
Whitey Herzog was ejected along with pitcher Joaquin Andujar in Game 7. This led to the Kansas City Royals beating Herzog and the St. Louis Cardinals in that game and winning the World Series.
There is absolutely no worse time to be ejected in MLB, hands down.
8. Lou Piniella
In this ejection, Lou Piniella's first with the Chicago Cubs, he loses it.
Piniella starts by using profanities like any normal ejection, but he then throws his hat down, gets into the ump's face, kicks dirt on him, gets back into his face and inspires the crowd to throw their hats and trash onto the field.
Piniella's intensity, coupled with the fans' reaction, cannot be described; it needs to be watched to be fully enjoyed.
7. Ozzie Guillen Is Socially Connected
This season, on April 28, 2011, Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the first inning of the game and then tweeted about it minutes later.
Amazingly, Guillen was only suspended two games and fined. Guillen's use of social networking shows creativity and lands him this spot.
6. Lou Piniella (again)
During a game on June 2, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves, Sweet Lou screamed into the faces of several umpires, kicked dirt on the umps, made obscene hand gestures and said a few choice four-letter words during a 10-minute tirade.
His 10-minute ejection was one of the longest, if not the longest, in MLB history. We knew Lou was hotheaded, but who knew he could keep that up for 10 minutes?
5a. Lou Piniella Part 1
In one of his most famous ejections, Lou Piniella kicks his hat around the infield.
Piniella goes berserk on the umps, getting in their faces, throwing his hat down and eventually kicking it like a soccer ball.
Piniella received an ovation from a hostile crowd for his antics. Piniella's childlike actions land him on this list three times.
5b. Lou Piniella Part 2
As manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Lou Piniella stormed out of the dugout and was ejected in one of their games.
After being ejected, Sweet Lou walked to first base, took the bag and threw it...twice.
These two instances of Lou throwing/kicking objects combine and are interchangeable in this list.
4. Lloyd McClendon Steals First Base
The Pirates' skipper in 2001, Lloyd McClendon stole first base...literally.
He walked over to the base, and instead of throwing the base, he picked it up and walked away with it. Ever heard of that before?
3. Earl Weaver Is Fired Up (NSFW)
THIS IS NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK, CHILDREN OR ANYONE WHO CANNOT STAND PROFANE LANGUAGE!
With that said, this is one of the funniest ejections I have seen, and it needs to be listened to to experience it fully.
Earl Weaver is one of the most hotheaded managers of all time, and he and the umpire of this game have an interesting exchange of words.
2. Earl Weaver Forfeits a Game
You won't believe this, but it's true.
During a game in which a call did not go his way, Earl Weaver forfeited a game by pulling his team off the field. Weaver did this in 1981 with the Orioles because the umps did not provide him with an updated lineup card.
What makes it worse? It was a spring training game.
1. Bobby Valentine Disguise
This one is just ridiculous, and it can be seen here.
In a game that he was thrown out of, Bobby Valentine came back disguised with a mustache and sunglasses.
This is the wackiest ejection in MLB ever, hands down. Valentine was known for his antics, but this tops them all.
Honorable Mention: Phil Wellman
This is the greatest ejection ever, hands down. Nothing even comes close to this ejection, and nothing ever will.
Phil Wellman, manager of the Mississippi Braves, lost it once and for all in this game, and his creativity is unheralded. Unfortunately, he was not in MLB, and I could not count this as part of the list.
Well, this concludes the top 25-plus best manager freakouts ever—hope you enjoyed!
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