Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Updated: August 15, 8:00 AM ET
Cox gets ejected for major league-record 132nd time
ATLANTA -- After going 7½ weeks without getting tossed,
Bobby Cox finally passed John McGraw for the most ejections in
baseball history Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Braves manager was thrown out by plate umpire Ted
Barrett for arguing a called third strike on Chipper Jones to end
the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants.
It was the 132nd ejection of Cox's career, eclipsing the mark
that McGraw set during his Hall of Fame career.
"Just routine arguing balls and strikes, and he was ejected for
that," Barrett said. "Nothing out of the ordinary from other
Jones struck out with runners at second and third and the Braves
trailing 3-0. They rallied to win 5-4.
"Bobby had kind of been biting his tongue lately," Jones said.
"He was embarrassed by the record. But it was inevitable. He's too
passionate about the game."
After taking a pitch over the inside corner from
Jones flipped his bat some 80 feet toward the Braves dugout, then
flung his helmet nearly as far. He also shouted a couple of
obscenities before heading to his position at third base.
Moving quickly to take the heat off his player, Cox began
arguing from the dugout and was tossed by Barrett. The manager then
trotted onto the field, carrying on an animated conversation with
the ump for a couple of minutes before heading back to the dugout --
and on to the clubhouse.
"It's nothing," Cox said of the record. "It just means I've
been around a long time, that's all."
Most fans and media were unaware that Cox had been ejected. An
announcement was made in the press box before the start of the
sixth inning, but no acknowledgment was made to the crowd.
Still, the ejection seemed to fire up the Braves. The scored
four runs in the sixth and won it on Jones' run-scoring double in
"It lit a fire under our butts," said Mark Teixeira, who led
off the sixth with a homer. "I'm sure Bobby got his money's
And, yes, the winning hit came from the very same player who was
in the middle of Cox's record-setting ejection.
"It was like all the other times Bobby got tossed,"
said. "He went out there and he had his player's back."
While baseball doesn't count ejections as an official stat, the
Society for American Baseball Research came up with 131 ejections
for McGraw. The manager known as "Little Napoleon" was tossed 14
times as a player, so Cox already held the mark for managers.
He tied McGraw's overall record during a June 23 game against
the Detroit Tigers. Cox ran on the field hoping to keep catcher
Brian McCann from getting ejected over a disputed strike call in
the ninth inning.
They both wound up getting tossed by plate umpire Chad
After that, Cox managed to go 43 consecutive games without an