Big-leaguers behaving badly

August 15th, 2007
 

Bobby Cox, who has been the Braves’ manager for most of the past three thousand years, has notched his 132nd ejection, giving him sole possession of the dubious record.

When Bobby Cox finally set the major-league ejections record, it was in the manner of a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear the sound.

Fans at Turner Field on Tuesday night didn’t even know Cox was ejected for the 132nd time because the record-breaking ejection wasn’t preceded by his familiar jaunt onto the field or an arms-flailing argument with an umpire.

Cox was thrown out for arguing from the dugout after Chipper Jones took a called third strike to end the fifth inning of the Braves’ 5-4 win against San Francisco.

As usual, Cox declined to discussed the ejection, other than saying he thought the pitch to Jones was inside and wasn’t the only questionable strike called against the veteran third baseman.

“It’s absolutely no factor,” Cox said of the record he broke, a 74-year-old mark Cox had shared with Hall of Fame manager John McGraw since June 23. “Means nothing. Just been around a long time, that’s all.”

Not satisfied to have sole possession of the record, Cox was ejected again tonight as Dad and I were talking on the phone. That’s 133 if you’re keeping score at home. Too bad it’s not possible to get tossed more than once per game, eh Bobby?

And then there’s this:

Jose Offerman’s bat landed him in trouble Tuesday. Or rather, it’s what he did with his bat: Offerman was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after hitting the pitcher and catcher with his bat during an independent minor league game in Bridgeport, Conn.

Offerman, the former major league All-Star who is playing for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League, posted $10,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 23. The incident reportedly stemmed from a second-inning at-bat when Bridgeport Bluefish starter Matt Beech hit Offerman with a pitch. Offerman, who last played in the majors in 2005 with the Phillies and the Mets, charged the mound with his bat and hit Beech in the hands and catcher John Nathans in the head. WBZTV.com has a photo slide show of the incident and ESPN.com has video of Offerman leaving the police station last night.

What a loser.

Dad mentioned an incident that happened when his family was living at Dora back nearly seventy years ago: a pitcher named Boots Poffenberger was ejected from a game after he intentionally threw at and hit the umpire in a minor-league game. I’m doing some Google research and trying to find a more detailed account




One Response to “Big-leaguers behaving badly”

  1. Jerry Mahone Says:

    Well, with Bobby Cox’s record, it is one he is not the least bit proud of, and really, he is such a gentleman of the game that to suggest he is a “Big-leaguer acting badly” is not entirely fair. Often, he, as with most managers, goes out to argue with the umpire as a means of interference; basically, the manager is often just protecting the teammate from being thrown out because he knows it usually hurts the team more to lose the player than the manager. I imagine that if you figure out Bobby’s ejection rate per game, it would be lower than most managers’ ratio.

    Now, if you want to talk about Lou Pinella’s recent base-tossing episode, then we have a fair discussion…

    Hope you are doing well after your recent surgery…