Bobby Cox is creeping up on a milestone. According to the AJC, Cox, who was ejected from Sunday’s game for the second time in a week and 127th time in his career, is only four ejections behind all-time leader Jon McGraw.
The Braves manager was thrown out by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the sixth inning after Cox came out of the dugout to complain about the strike zone following a walk to Shawn Green.
You’ve got to hand it to Cox. He’s had quite a career. A world Series championship, 15 straight NL East titles, and now this. Also, I think it says something about a guy that he can maintain a reputation as a “players’ manager” while simultaneously getting thrown out of a record number of games. That’s not easy to do. Short tempers and player relations don’t always go hand in hand (see: Larry Bowa).
Breaking the record for most ejections is a pretty big deal, so Umpbump will do its best to chronicle each of Cox’s next four ejections, leading up to the record breaker. Stay tuned.