From Bases Loaded 29.12.
MSL’s League Head explains ejection from the diamond.
How easy is it for a player to be ejected from a game? In reality it is very easy to be ejected from a game: here are the ten most common infractions that can get a player ejected from a game.
- Profanity or insulting an umpire
- Physical abuse of an umpire
- Questioning balls and strikes
- Removing the lines from the batting box
- Refusing to stop arguing with an umpire
- Use of histrionics or gestures towards an umpire after a call
- Actions intended to ridicule the umpire, for example umpire calls a ball and the pitcher puts their hands in the air, or batter gets a strike and looks back at the umpire or points the bat to where the ball landed
- Throwing equipment in disgust
- Arguing or disputing a warning
- Verbal and physical abuse of other players
So remember all those times as a pitcher you have shaken your head or put your hands in the air after a call did not go your way, as a batter you look or point to where the ball landed, as a player you have shouted at the umpire after a safe call? Umpires are human and we can make mistakes, but more mistakes are usually made in a game by both teams than the number of mistakes an umpire makes. During a seven-inning game an umpire has over 8,500 decisions to think about compared to a player either at bat or fielding or pitching. Don’t cross that boundary and you won’t be making an early exit from the game and taking a walk to the carpark.