Never get tired of this guy. Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik went crazy six years ago at Lexington (see second video). Six years later history repeated itself as Mikulik had an epic meltdown after being ejected against the Charleston Riverdogs. Enjoy.
Who wasn’t a fan of Mickey Morandini back in the day. He turned an unassisted triple play with the Phillies, he had an awesome looking rookie card, and was even an All Star back in 1995. These days he is managing the Phillies Low-A Lakewood Blueclaws team in New Jersey. Earlier this week he produced one of the more animated minor league managerial ejections of the year. Not sure what set him off as the video picks up mid argument. Check out the video from the folks at the Phillies blog PhoulBallz.com.
Not sure what this is from other than that by the title of the video it appears to be at a tournament in Boulder Colorado. At the start of the video the first base umpire throws out a coach and then gets in his face and screams at him. Later three cops show up and have a one sided talk with the umpire before finally departing without further incident. The whole thing is pretty bizarre. I guess the coach wasn’t too happy about getting run and getting screamed at, and rather than throw a punch he called the cops instead.
If you were a fan of minor league baseball back in the 1990’s you probably remember Charles Poe. The former Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres farmhand broke into professional baseball as an 18 year old, and left nine years later after spending three seasons in Triple-A without making it to the majors. These days Poe is the hitting coach for the Kannapolis Intimidators the Low-A affiliate of the White Sox, and he was none too pleased last Friday against the Augusta GreenJackets. With Kannapolis nursing a 2-1 lead late in the game, home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz called four consecutive Intimidators batters out on strikes including the side in the top of the ninth. Between innings Poe went nuts as seen in the video below. After Poe was sent to the showers, Augusta came back and won 3-2 on a walk off single by Adam Duvall.
Former New York Mets World Series champion Wally Backman has become a YouTube legend for his ejections while managing the South Georgia Peanuts. Now a days Backman is the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets where it appears he still has a hearty temper. This video is from the July 10th B-Mets vs New Britain Rock Cats game. Immediately prior, Binghamton designated hitter had been ejected for arguing a called third strike. Backman comes out to protect his player and gets run too, and after picking up the hat that threw, Backman kicks dirt at the umpire like a pro.
Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz and Salem Red Sox manager Bruce Crabbe each got ejected during this past Tuesday’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Crabbe believed Brentz had been hit by a pitch and is subsequently ejected after arguing his point. Brentz is then run a pitch later for saying something to the home plate umpire. The entertaining part of the video is the Salem fan who is clearly upset about the umpire’s judgement and expresses his displeasure as the argument on the field takes place.
Last week we told you about 69 year old former Houston Astros manager Hal Lanier’s new gig as manager of the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters. Well over the weekend he got tossed one batter into a game for arguing that his lead off hitter was hit by a pitch. The umpire disagreed, and Lanier exploded with the fury of a 20 year old. The video was shot by PA man Brett Myhres who you can follow on twitter @BrettMyhers
This is not quite Phillip Wellman or Wally Backman awesome, but its pretty close. Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Stubby Clapp in his first season as the manager for the Tri City Valleycats, the Houston Astros short season affiliate in the New York-Penn League has an epic meltdown this afternoon after one of his players, Matt Duffy was hit by a pitch by the Auburn Doubledays pitcher. The after Duffy trots down the line he is called back by the umpire who believed that he purposefully leaned into the pitch. That sends Clapp into a tirade of epic proportions. Among the highlights are a helmet spike, covering the plate with dirt, throwing the umpire out of the game, and chucking bats onto the field. Best manager tirade this year in Minor League Baseball. Thanks to Fox23 News in Albany for posting the awesome video.
UPDATED: The local Albany Newspaper gives the Print Version of the ejection complete with postgame reaction from Clapp.
UPDATE #2: Listen to the ejection’s Radio Call of Auburn Doubledays play by play man John Miller. You can follow John on twitter @JohnMillerLive