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.
Posted: September 04, 2012 at 06:11 AM | 26 comment(s)
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