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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Washington Nationals lead the majors in another category: the least ejections

Well you know what we’d do with him, don’t ya? We wouldn’t throw him out!

When Bryce Harper spiked his helmet onto the ground after grounding into a double play in the ninth inning of last week’s 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins, first base umpire C.B. Bucknor tossed him. It was not only a first for the rookie in the major leagues but for the Nationals as well this season.

Before that game, the Nationals were the only team in baseball to have no ejections so far this season, according to local baseball historian David Vincent, who keeps tabs on things such as home runs and ejections. And even with Harper’s tossing, the Nationals still have the fewest ejections in the majors. The Seattle Mariners also have one ejection this year: Manager Eric Wedge was tossed on Aug. 7.

Last year, the Nationals had 10 ejections, including four by then-Manager Jim Riggleman was tossed four times. In 2010, the Nationals were tossed 18 times — a rare year in which even cool-headed players such as Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman were ejected. The year before that, the Nationals had only four ejections.

It seems that with winning, Nationals players have had little reason to get upset. And, according to Adam LaRoche, the team is made up of generally calm people.

“I don’t think we’ve had that long stretch of really frustrating losing, nothing is going right and getting [upset],” said LaRoche, who has been ejected only twice in his nine-year career; last in 2008. “I think that’s part of it. I guess we’ve got calm tempers.

Repoz Posted: September 04, 2012 at 07:11 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jingoist Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4226012)
The wife hasn't tossed me out of the house for about 35 years; that might be some kind of record as well
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:58 AM (#4226014)
The wife hasn't tossed me out of the house for about 35 years

Need more info to be impressed. How fat are you? What floor do you live on? Is your wife real or are you telling stories again?
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:10 AM (#4226016)
Fewest!
   4. AROM Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4226018)
No surprise that Harper was the first to be ejected, but a big surprise that he and the team made it this far without one. For all his rep, I would have set the pre-season under/over on "umpires teaching the whippersnapper a lesson" at 10.
   5. AROM Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4226019)
I feel truly fortunate this year to live near Baltimore and work in DC. I've never been to a world series game but this year I plan on going to all 7.
   6. jingoist Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4226029)
The mere concept of a Nat's-O's WS boggles the mind.
We should be so lucky!
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:31 AM (#4226034)
I'm amazed AROM has never been to a World Series game. What about 2002?
   8. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4226036)
First winning ballclub in Washington D.C. since 1969, and a magic number of just 18 to make the postseason in D.C. for the first time since 1933! It's like a dream and is still a little hard to believe.
   9. AROM Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:51 AM (#4226047)
I'm amazed AROM has never been to a World Series game. What about 2002?


Watched it all on TV. A little tough to get to the ballpark in Anaheim living in the East. I didn't have too much money back then. Closest I've come is when the Phillies were in the series. I made a few bids, wasn't too enthusiastic about paying $500 for upper deck tickets, decided to watch on TV. I don't regret that one bit, considering the weather the year they played the Rays.
   10. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4226049)
Fewest!


This one shows a solid command of English as well:
Last year, the Nationals had 10 ejections, including four by then-Manager Jim Riggleman was tossed four times.
   11. salvomania Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4226057)
Jim Riggleman was tossed four times.


That's his full Native American name.
   12. McCoy Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4226058)
Nationals have finally started selling playoff tickets to season ticket holders and will be selling individual tickets probably by the middle of September. Tickets available on stubhub now.
   13. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 04, 2012 at 10:10 AM (#4226059)
That's his full Native American name.


Nice.
   14. depletion Posted: September 04, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4226112)
Nationals have finally started selling playoff tickets to season ticket holders and will be selling individual tickets probably by the middle of September. Tickets available on stubhub now.

Thanks for the update, McCoy. ****. I wish I was employed (so I could go buy some tickets). I pull for the Mets as my childhood favorite, but the Nats and the O's have my allegiance now that the Mets have faded. I bet a lot of DC area transplants feel similarly.
   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 04, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4226117)
The wife hasn't tossed me out of the house for about 35 years; that might be some kind of record as well


E-mail from a married friend of mine last night: "Ray, I am writing to you from an air mattress in my basement..."

   16. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 04, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4226182)
E-mail from a married friend of mine last night: "Ray, I am writing to you from an air mattress in my basement..."


The next line, unfortunately- "What are you wearing?"
   17. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: September 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4226555)
What a bunch of weird wusses.
   18. Best Regards, President of Comfort Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4226601)
I look forward to being paid for watching playoff baseball, suckers.
   19. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 04, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4226636)
I feel truly fortunate this year to live near Baltimore and work in DC. I've never been to a world series game but this year I plan on going to all 7.

Huh, do you plan on moving to the Bay area when SF and the A's reprise their 1989 meeting?
   20. JJ1986 Posted: September 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4226641)
I didn't realize how long it's been since I've been to a playoff game, but it was 1998. I've had tickets for games in 2002 (ALDS game 5) and 2006 (Mets World Series). I really hope the Orioles make it.
   21. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM (#4226646)
Calling Adam LaRoche "calm" is like calling Randy Johnson "tall." Most of the time he's closer to comatose than anything else.
   22. Jose Canusee Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4226656)
I misread the headline as "fewest elections". They still don't have an HOF player do they? (Senator eras don't count)
   23. depletion Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4226659)
Thanks for the kind thoughts, Larry. At least I got to see a Nats game this year, courtesy of you. I've been to many games since 1966, but never a postseason tilt. At this rate, probably never will.
Regards,
Tim
   24. Squash Posted: September 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM (#4226675)
So what about the call in question? Given the knowledge that it was C.B. Bucknor making the call and the ejection, I assume Harper was safe by 2-3 feet.
   25. AROM Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4226676)
"I misread the headline as "fewest elections". They still don't have an HOF player do they? (Senator eras don't count)"

Are you counting Expos? If not, it would be pretty hard for a team that started in 2005 to have one, as it would have to be a guy who just came to Washington in 2005 or 2006 to finish their careers. Neither Larkin nor Alomar did so.
   26. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4226708)
So what about the call in question? Given the knowledge that it was C.B. Bucknor making the call and the ejection, I assume Harper was safe by 2-3 feet.


Close, Squash. I happened to be watching this game. Harper gidp and he hustled (as always) down the line to try and beat the back end of a close play at first. As he crossed the bag, he slammed his helmet down in disgust and yelled, probably an expletive. He didn't look at the umpire or throw the helmet at Buckners feet, and it seemed pretty obvious that his anger was directed at himself and not the ump. But Buckner gave him the hook immediately. No reflection at all. It was a bad call and looked for all the world that Buckner wanted his pound of flesh from the most hyped prospect in the history of MLB. To his credit, Harper left the field as soon as his manager got to first, which was immediately. But the kid was angry and incredulous and I don't blame him. He got screwed.

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