Night af­ter set­ting record, Bobby Cox ejected again

Cox tossed for 133rd time in fa­mous ca­reer

The Covington News - - SPORTS - Paul New­berry

AT­LANTA — Bobby Cox didn’t take long to add to his record for most ejec­tions.

One night af­ter he sur­passed John McGraw, the At­lanta Braves man­ager was tossed Wed­nes­day for ar­gu­ing a balk call against Tim Hud­son.

It was the 133rd ejec­tion of Cox’s ca­reer. He picked up his 132nd in the opener of a se­ries against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants, eclips­ing the mark ini­tially set by the Hall of Famer known as “Lit­tle Napoleon,” who spent his long man­ag­ing ca­reer with the New York Gi­ants in the early part of the 20th cen­tury.

While few fans even re­al­ized that Cox was given the heave-ho on Tues­day, he got his money’s worth in an ar­gu­ment with first-base um­pire An­gel Her­nan­dez, who called the balk on Hud­son when he threw over with speedy Ra­jai Davis on base in the third in­ning.

Hud­son glared at Her­nan­dez af­ter the call was made, and Cox quickly wad­dled out of the Braves dugout. The crowd chanted “Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!” while he waved his arms and loudly dis­puted the rul­ing with a few choice words. Ev­ery­one in the Braves dugout came out to the top step to see if the man­ager would get thrown out again.

At first, Cox ap­peared to have sur­vived. He headed back to the dugout, mut­ter­ing all the way, while Her­nan­dez stared to­ward the plate. But, when Cox stopped on the top step, turned back to­ward Her­nan­dez and yelled some­thing, the ump quickly threw him out.

That, of course, brought Cox back out to re­sume an ar­gu­ment he had no chance of win­ning. He yelled some more while Her­nan­dez stood sto­ically in front of him, then fi­nally headed for the club­house.

The fans chanted Cox’s name again and gave him a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore he dis­ap­peared down the tun­nel.

It was the 11th time in Cox’s ca­reer that he’s been ejected on back-to-back nights, and the fifth time that Her­nan­dez has tossed the Braves man­ager.

Cox wasn’t the only per­son get­ting an early shower. San Fran­cisco first base­man Ryan Klesko and man­ager Bruce Bocky were tossed by plate um­pire Mark Carl­son.

Klesko went in the fourth for dis­put­ing a called third strike. Af­ter Bochy picked up the ar­gu­ment, Klesko stormed out of the dugout and tried to get at the ump.

The first base­man was held back by coaches Tim Flan­nery and Ron Wo­tus, who strug­gled to keep the 6-foot-3, 220pound Klesko away from Carl­son. Fi­nally, team­mate Barry Bonds came out and dragged Klesko down into the dugout. Bochy wasn’t ejected dur­ing that brouhaha, but he got tossed the next in­ning for more grip­ing about the strike zone.

Jenni Girtman/The As­so­ci­ated Press

You’re out of here: At­lanta Braves coach Bobby Cox walks off the field af­ter he was thrown out of the base­ball game against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants by um­pire Ted Bar­rett, left, Tues­day, Aug. 14, 2007, in At­lanta. Cox was ejected for ar­gu­ing a called third strike on Chip­per Jones to end the fifth, earn­ing him the most ejec­tions in base­ball his­tory.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.