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Ben and Sam banter about the Dodgers and run differential and then discuss a surprising trend in managerial ejections thus far.

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected


Sam Miller

Despite replay, ejections aren't down (or aren't down by much) this year.

I remember last summer, the day after Bob Melvin had been ejected in what would turn out to be an extra-innings loss to the Astros, Melvin talking to the media in the dugout. He was abashed to have been ejected from such a game. I wasn’t trying to get run, he stressed. As opposed to all the other ejections we see.

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What were all of those manager-ump arguments ABOUT? (Warning: strong language.)

Evan Brunell is a baseball writer and the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. You can read more about his lip-reading methods, follow him on Twitter @EvanBrunell, send him lipreading requests @sportslipreader, and find his other baseball writing at Fire Brand of the American League.

Last January, Ben Lindbergh asked Evan Brunell for his assistance in deciphering the previously almost unintelligible arguments conducted during baseball games by people who don’t even play. The result was this article on the best manager-umpire arguments of 2012. Evan followed up on that piece with a sequel at Deadspin on the best manager-ump arguments of the first half of last season, and now he ties a bow on 2013 with a roundup of the best verbal battles that took place after last All-Star break. With the advent of expanded instant replay, the future of manager-umpire arguments has never been less clear. But the manager-ump arguments of the past have never been clearer.

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What the managers who were ejected last season said to seal their fates. (Warning: strong language.)

"First, never curse an umpire. Curse the call, say it was a bleeping bad call, but never call the umpire a name. Try not to get personal."—Earl WeaverWeaver on Strategy

"People always want to know whether there’s a magic word. Is it ‘cocksucker’? Is it ‘asshole’? No. The magic word is 'you.'"—Umpire Gary Cederstrom
—As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires, by Bruce Weber

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