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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Minor League Manager Has Major League Meltdown (Video)

Definitely not a well…uhh, manager.

Phillip Wellman, manager of Atlanta Braves affiliate Mississippi Braves, apparently had enough of the umpires, springing out of the dugout to let his temper flare. After a nose-to-nose argument with the home plate ump, Wellman completely covered home plate in dirt. He then made his way up the third base line, where he ripped third base out of the dirt and hurled it into the outfield.

As if that wasn’t enough retribution for Wellman, the manager then got on all fours and crawled toward he pitcher’s mound like a special ops commando, grabbing the pitcher’s rosin bag, holding it to his mouth and tossing it toward the home plate umpire as if it were a grenade.

Repoz Posted: June 03, 2007 at 12:39 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: June 03, 2007 at 12:47 AM (#2390117)
Wow. Just wow.
   2. Guy LeDouche Posted: June 03, 2007 at 12:48 AM (#2390120)
This must be an organizational thing they teach. The Atlanta Braves way! Or is that The Atlanta Braves wahhhh!
   3. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:00 AM (#2390131)
That was a pretty good grenade toss.
   4. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:10 AM (#2390137)
He one-upped Lou!
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:18 AM (#2390143)
Awesome. I think my favorite part is the ####-eating grin on the fielder's face near the end of the video.
   6. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:22 AM (#2390146)
How about his very careful covering of home plate, then drawing a (much bigger) plate around it?
   7. MM1f Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:33 AM (#2390157)
Agreed #5
   8. jamcadbury Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:41 AM (#2390165)
That is the greatest thing I have ever seen on the internet.
   9. NTNgod Posted: June 03, 2007 at 01:53 AM (#2390174)
October 18, 2006 CHATTANOOGAN: Former Lookouts Manager Phillip Wellman To Manage 2007 Mississippi Braves
Wellman, who was a colorful manager with the Lookouts, was known for his unique rants-and-ravings whenever an umpire ejected him from a game.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:22 AM (#2390190)
I don't see why every manager doesn't behave like this jackass. It gets you free pub on ESPN. Heck, this guy will probably be on Good Morning America Monday morning.

America has done a great job encouraging #############.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:22 AM (#2390191)
D0uchebaggery is censored? Nice work net-nanny!
   12. NTNgod Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:26 AM (#2390194)
I don't see why every manager doesn't behave like this jackass. It gets you free pub on ESPN.

It's also minor league ball, so a little bit of showmanship always helps up the entertainment value...
   13. greenback likes millwall Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:53 AM (#2390204)
Shouldn't he have saved this act for a home game?
   14. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:54 AM (#2390205)
Man, I thought that this story was from last June. Same guy, huh?
   15. Gambling Rent Czar Posted: June 03, 2007 at 04:59 AM (#2390208)
It's also minor league ball, so a little bit of showmanship always helps up the entertainment value...

I sure hope the new baseball channel overruns us with .. "Minor league ball". I think that would be awesome. I think I would quit going to work.

I liked the bow!
   16. Torn_cuff (Special Ability Extra) Posted: June 03, 2007 at 05:12 AM (#2390214)
I was at the game....

Wellman put on a show. He was a beloved manager IN Chattanooga for numerous years recently. His "performances" have always been the stuff of legend. One time when he a 3rd base ump called a runner out at 3rd base Wellman "recreated" the play twice (with the slide) to see if the ump would change his mind ala instant replay. I don't know him personally but he really is loved by the fans in Chattanooga.

Sadly this time I think it backfired on him a bit. Same game two innings later his pitcher Villa is found with "something" in his hat and something on the ball. After a lengthy discussion Villa gets ejected, then promptly goes throws the ball over the left field wall. Joey Devine, who's not even in the game, decides its a good idea to show up umpires too (the established big leaguer that he is) and comes out of the dugout to tell the umps what he thinks of them and gets thrown out. One of their middle infielders Rozema keeps chirping and gets run too. Honestly about 2 or 3 more Braves could have gotten thrown out, and Wellman's little show probably was not a great example of acceptable behavior for the rest of the "little Braves."

I wouldn't be surprised if the Braves' brass comes down on him for this, especially for how his team acted later in the game. It's certainly not "the Braves way".
   17. Baldrick Posted: June 03, 2007 at 05:14 AM (#2390218)
Teh interwebs are now complete.

There is nothing left to see.
   18. Gonfalon B. Posted: June 03, 2007 at 10:40 AM (#2390252)
Whoever cued up the Al Green song is a musical genius.
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 03, 2007 at 03:17 PM (#2390306)
What was the play that actually set him off? I assume it had something to do with the ump's strike zone?
   20. buddy Posted: June 03, 2007 at 07:42 PM (#2390512)
lou has a new standard to work toward.

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