MLB Power Rankings: 15 Greatest Managerial Ejections in MLB History
Back in the early days of Major League Baseball, after a manager was ejected, we'd be lucky to see him continue to jaw with the umpire before leaving the field.
To our pleasure, the "ejection" in baseball has now turned into somewhat of a circus. Who thought innovation was only for corporate America?
From minor league ball on up, every time a manager gets ejected it's a chance for a new award-winning performance. One thing is for sure—we love every second of it.
Here are the 15 Best Managerial Ejections in MLB History.
15. Hal McRae
While this isn't actually an ejection, this video is awesome, and Hal McRae was suspended so I decided to count it.
If we can learn only one thing from watching this video, it's do not ask McRae stupid questions.
After a reporter was relentless in badgering the Royals' manager after a game in 1993, McRae threw every object he could get his hands on in every direction possible. One reporter caught the brunt-end of the altercation, taking a tape recorder square in the face before going to the hospital to get stitched up.
14. Lloyd McClendon
I'd bet pretty much everyone remembers Lloyd McClendon's ejection back in 2001. With how horrible the Pirates have been over the better part of the last two decades, it's hard to blame him for being a bit testy.
After a few questionable calls at first base in which McClendon went out to argue, the skipper decided he might as well take it with him since the umps apparently couldn't see it anyway.
You'll be able to see it in video a few slides later.
13. Augie Garrido
Augie Garrido is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history. I can assure you, he didn't get to that point by bending over and taking it from the umpires on the field.
You can bet the Texas Longhorns have one of the most disciplined teams in the country.
12. Lou Piniella
Lou Piniella became a baseball icon due to the notorious temper shown while arguing with umpires.
His greatest ejection came way back in 1990 while managing the Cincinnati Reds. After Barry Larkin was called out at second base, a much leaner Piniella lost any and all of the limited composure he actually has.
After his arguments failed to overturn the call, Pinella ran to first base, ripped it up and heaved it to the outfield like an Olympian. He then chased it down before launching it again.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find footage of this ejection, so you'll have to watch another classic Piniella ejection instead.
11. Andy Barkett
It has become rather common for a manager to uproot a base after an ejection, especially in the minor leagues.
Andy Barkett—manager of the Florida Marlins' Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns—decided to one-up (or two-up) other managers who had come before him.
Instead of just one base, Barkett took all three bases and launched them into the outfield.
10. Tommy Lasorda
It's no secret that Tommy Lasorda had one of the hottest heads in baseball during his time in the league, although sometimes he's not given the credit he deserves.
To hear Lasorda's hilarious, profanity-laced rant, you'll have to check out the video. All I can tell ya is that Bevacqua "couldn't hit water if he fell out of a (bleep)ing boat."
****BEWARE: HILARIOUS PROFANITY-LACED RANT IN THE VIDEO***
9. George Tsamis
Although I was unable to find a date of when this game occurred, George Tsamis definitely used some originality while being ejected for arguing a call at first base.
In an attempt to prove how blind the first base umpire was for missing the call, Tsamis actually took off his shoes to place them on the bag where he thought the feet of his player were when the first baseman gloved the ball.
To see the clip of Tsamis' rant, check out No. 9 in this video.
8. Gary Robinson
Whoever didn't know Gary Robinson two years ago surely knows of him now. As the manager of the Pirates' Single-A affiliate State College Spikes, Robinson gained fame after one crazy ejection in 2010.
After throwing dirt everywhere while covering home plate, Robinson went after first base. Rather than just taking it into the dugout with him, he actually autographed the base and gave it to a fan in the stands.
Sadly, stadium officials quickly confiscated the base from the young boy, giving him a baseball instead.
7. Bobby Valentine
Am I the only person hoping to see Bobby Valentine back in a dugout for the 2012 season?
The entertainingly awesome Valentine used some creativity to get back in the dugout after he'd been ejected in the 12th inning for arguing a catcher's interference call on Mike Piazza.
Valentine was back in the dugout for the 13th inning, only now he was wearing a big, black mustache with his ball cap flipped backwards.
6. Kash Beauchamp
Kash Beauchamp was a very emotional manager, but on July 9, 2008, it's pretty clear that his emotion got the best of him. To our delight, of course.
As manager of the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association, Kash went to the extreme while sticking up for the young men on his roster.
First, he took off his shoe and stuck it in the umps face attempting to force the smell upon him. Then, hysterically, Beauchamp pulled his jersey back and stuck his armpit in the umps face.
That, my friends, is classic.
5. Joe Mikulik
Managing for the Class-A Asheville Tourists, Joe Mikulik's ejection in 2006 led to an epic and unforgettable meltdown.
After son-of-a-cheater Koby Clemens was questionably called safe at second base, Mikulik was quickly ejected before going on an extended rant.
It began with him throwing second base into center field. Mikulik then threw bats onto the field one-by-one from the dugout before slowly pouring water on home plate.
4. Billy Martin
Billy Martin was easily one of the most fiery and competitive managers in Major League Baseball history. He hated umpires more than anything, and after what he felt was a bad call during a game in 1988, Martin absolutely lost it.
What started with Martin's usual dirt kick moved on to him, actually throwing the dirt at the umpires chest—but that was only the beginning.
After the game, Martin went to a friend with ties to the mob and repeatedly tried to order a hit on the umpire. Fortunately, the friend refused.
3. Wally Backman
There isn't much I can say to describe the greatness of Wally Backman's ejection after arguing a called third-strike. You must watch the video.
We can all be thankful that Backman was "coincidentally" mic'ed up during this game. My favorite part is when he called the ump a "minor league piece of (bleep)."
2. Earl Weaver
Earl Weaver averaged nearly six ejections per season over his 17-year managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles. It was an art to him.
He was arrogant, profane, and most importantly, he was downright hilarious. Weaver's best ejection came back in 1980 after a first-inning balk was called against Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan.
If you have not seen the video, I suggest you watch it immediately—so long as you're not at work, around children or within 10 miles of anyone you don't want to think you're a crazy person.
****BEWARE: HILARIOUS PROFANITY-LACED RANT IN THE VIDEO***
1. Phillip Wellman
In one of the most masterful ejection performances in baseball history, Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman went AWOL after getting the boot back in 2007.
Wellman—who has since been removed from his position with Atlanta's Double-A affiliate—would have earned an Academy Award for "Best Ejection" if one actually existed.
The cyborg-like Wellman covered home plate with dirt and uplifted all the bases before low-crawling toward the mound. The funniest part of all was when he took the rosin bag, pretended to bite the tip and then toss it at the home plate umpire as if it were a grenade.
Jeffrey Beckmann is a MLB Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow Jeffrey on his new Twitter account for all of his latest work. You can also hear him each Friday at 1 pm EST on B/R Baseball Roundtable.
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