“What have I gotta do to get thrown out of here?” demands your favorite manager, exasperated and red faced, a vein throbbing in his forehead. He’s been arguing for almost two full minutes, and might not have taken a breath since he started. Neither umpire seems the least bit interested in doubling down on the bad call and tossing him from the game. But the manager wants out of this game.
So, what must a player, coach or manager do to get ejected?
First, consider that the authority to remove any participant from the game is entrusted the umpires. Period. Good umpires take this responsibility seriously. MLB stresses that although different unique situations happen, there are standards that should be applied. They also have guidelines set forth in the Major League Umpire’s Manual. The idea is for umpires and participants to understand what crosses the line?
Here are Seven Surefire Ways to Get Ejected:
- Use profanity.
- Make physical contact with an umpire.
This could earn you a suspension, too.
- Don’t stop arguing.
The umpire should warn the player or manager that his point has been heard and it is time to move on.
- Leave your position to argue ball and strikes.
The umpire should immediately warn the player or coach to return of “you’re outta’ here.”
8.02(a) Comment: Players leaving their position in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted. They should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game.
- Argue a review play or decision.
The delay of game factor comes into play here. MLB does not want more argument after a play has been decided. It simply delays the game.
- Make crazy gestures or throw something on the field.
This includes cups, towels, and just about any baseball equipment that might be lying around.
- Ridicule an umpire.
Do not draw a line in the dirt to show the ump exactly how far outside that last pitch was. Nobody likes to be shown up, especially umpires.
Read the official Conduct and Responsibilities of Umpires: