Anger Management: MLB Managers With The Most Ejections

Baseball | 6/4/21

Few moments in a Major League Baseball game are more exciting than when a team’s manager loses his temper, storms onto the field, and gets ejected by an umpire. From all-time greats like Bobby Cox to iconic meltdown maestros like Lou Piniella, getting tossed is an art form. These are the MLB managers who have been ejected more than the rest!

John Gibbons – 53 Ejections

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John Gibbons managed the Toronto Blue Jays for 11 seasons, ending his tenure with a 796-789 record. In that decade, he won zero World Series rings, and perhaps his frustration with losing led him to be ejected from 53 games.

Gibbons actually had two separate stints with Toronto, first from 2004 to 2008, when he was ejected 3.4 percent of the time. His second run came from 2013 to 2018, where he notched an ejection percentage of 3.3.

Gene Mauch – 54 Ejections

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Over the course of 26 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, and the California Angels, Gene Mauch won 1,902 games and lost 2,037. He also lost his temper enough that umps told him to hit the showers 54 times.

It’s not hard to figure out where all of Mauch’s anger came from. Not only is he the winningest manager to never win a World Series, but he was also the manager for the two longest losing streaks in MLB history – 20 straight with the Expos in 1969 and 23 with the Phillies in 1963.

Joe Maddon – 55 And Counting!

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Joe Maddon never met an umpire he wouldn’t let throw him out of a game. For 18 plus seasons in the dugout, the current Angels manager has turned himself into one of MLB’s elite ejection artists.

Maddon didn’t start out with anger issues though. His first managerial gig was as the Angels’ interim manager in the ’90s. He behaved himself for all 51 games until he was handed the keys to the full-time kingdom of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.

Sparky Anderson – 55 Ejections

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How does someone with 2,194 managerial wins and three World Series rings get tossed out of 56 games? Sometimes getting angry is just a gift, and that’s what we have to believe it was for Sparky Anderson.

Anderson even won a game that he refused to let his team play in! In 1979, the White Sox ran a promotion for a double-header they called “Disco Demolition.” Between games, the team blew up a crate filled with disco records, causing fans to run onto the field and ruin it. Anderson refused to let his team, the Detroit Tigers, play, and MLB forced the White Sox to forfeit!

Dick Williams – 57 Ejections

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Dick Williams spent 21 seasons managing a lot of different MLB teams. Getting his first job with the Boston Red Sox in 1976, he later moved to the Oakland Athletics, California Angels, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, and finally, the Seattle Mariners.

Williams is one of the three managers in Major League history to lead three teams to the World Series, winning twice (both with the Oakland A’s). He also loved getting on the bad side of the umps and was thrown out of 57 games.

Bill Rigney – 64 Ejections

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Is it possible to have an award named after you if you’ve been ejected from 64 games in 18 seasons as an MLB manager? If your name is Bill Rigney, then the answer is yes.

Rigney managed three teams, retiring with a 1,239-1,321 record. Despite being employed for so long, he never won a playoff game. We don’t care how nice you are, after so much losing, it’s hard to blame the guy for getting tossed 64 times.

Lou Piniella – 64 Ejections

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No one knew how to get tossed from a game quite like Lou Piniella. He is, after all, the manager behind one of the most famous ejections of all time.

The year was 1990, and Piniella decided he’d had enough of the umpire’s calls. In protest, he ran out to first base, picked it up out of the ground, and tossed it into the outfield. You can imagine the umps didn’t take kindly to the gesture and wasted no time sending Piniella to the showers early.

Clint Hurdle – 64 Ejections

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Clint Hurdle may have ended his managerial career with a losing record, but it was when he was winning that he got ejected from the most games. With a total of 64 ejections under his belt, the numbers don’t lie.

In his two worst seasons as a manager, Hurdle was only ejected once, despite only winning 40 percent of his games. Compare that to his two best seasons, when he won nearly 60 percent of his games, and you find out he was tossed ten times.

Joe Torre – 70 Ejections

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One of the greatest managers in the history of baseball also happened to be one of the most prolific at getting tossed. Joe Torre won four World Series championships in 29 seasons, retired with 2,326 wins, and was thrown out by umps 70 times.

What makes the case of Joe Torre being tossed so interesting, is that most of his ejections came early in his career. As he got older, he calmed down. In 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he didn’t get ejected a single time!

Jim Leyland – 73 Ejections

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With 22 seasons as a manager under his belt, the always reliable Jim Leyland was a real “treat” for umpires. The former headman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Detroit Tigers got too far under the skin of umps 73 times.

In 1997, Leyland reached the World Series with the Florida Marlins and shocked the baseball world by winning it all (they were massive underdogs). He would win the pennant two more times before retiring, winning three Manager of the Year awards along the way.

Clark Griffith – 73 Ejections

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Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images

Clark Griffith managed from 1901 until 1920, taking the reins of the Chicago White Sox, New York Highlanders, Cincinnati Red, and Washington Senators. Although he never won a World Series in his long career, he did manage to get tossed 73 times.

Another quirky fact about Griffith’s career as a manager is that he was also a player until 1915, and he was never shy about putting himself in games. In 1901, he won 24 games as a pitcher, leading the White Sox to the pennant.

Bruce Bochy – 77 Ejections

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One of the game’s greatest strategists, Bruce Bochy started his managerial career with the San Diego Padres, even leading them to the World Series in 1998. In 2007, he left San Diego for San Francisco and led the Giants to World Series championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

When Bochy led the Padres to the World Series in 1998, he became the first foreign manager to do it. You might not know it looking at him, but he was born in France. He’s also the only manager in MLB history to win 900 games with two different franchises. Not too shabby for someone with 77 career ejections.

Paul Richards – 82 Ejections

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For ten years as a manager, Paul Richards led the American League in ejections every season. At his peak, he was being ejected nearly a dozen times a year. For three of those incredible seasons, he also worked as his team’s general manager.

Once Richards decided he was done getting tossed, he moved to the front office. When he jumped back into managing 15 years later, he somehow managed to go an entire season without getting ejected.

Ron Gardenhire – 84 Ejections

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It’s not easy getting thrown out of games 84 times in 16 seasons, but that didn’t stop Twins and Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. When he took over in Minnesota he became the bull in the clubhouse, getting tossed five times in 11 different seasons.

Gardenhire had a lot of anger to get out, considering he never won a pennant. He’s the only manager in MLB history to go to the playoffs six times without making it to the World Series.

Tony La Russa – 88 Ejections And Counting!

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Another managerial legend with a bad temper, Tony La Russa has spent more than 30 years getting thrown out by umpires. And when he thought he was done in 2011, the White Sox pulled him back into the game in 2021 to get tossed some more!

La Russa has coached three teams in his career, the White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals. He won three World Series and is trying to add to that number with his most recent return to Chicago.

Frankie Frisch – 88 Ejections

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It must have been hard on Frankie Frisch to win the World Series in his second year as a manager only to never win again before retiring after 16 seasons in the dugout. In that time, the former Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs skipper was given the boot 88 times.

And if Frisch had been able to finish his final season instead of getting fired, his ejection likely would have passed 90. In 81 games that final year, he was thrown out by umps six times.

Earl Weaver – 96 Ejections

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Earl Weaver spent his entire 17 season managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles. His first stint with the team ran from 1968 until 1982. He then returned to take charge from 1985 until 1986. Over that time, he was ejected 96 times!

Weaver led the Orioles to the World Series four times, winning it once in 1970. From 1973 to 1979, he was tossed out a minimum of seven games a season. After retiring, Weaver started managed in the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He was ejected from a game in his first week.

Leo Durocher – 100 Ejections

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The first manager on our list to hit the century mark for ejections is Leo Durocher. He was tossed out exactly 100 times in 24 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros.

It wasn’t easy for Durocher to reach 100 ejections, either. He was suspended for the entire 1947 season for his associations with known gamblers. Fun fact: if that had never happened, he would have been the first manager to put Jackie Robinson’s named on a lineup card. Instead, it was interim manager Clyde Sukeforth.

John McGraw – 121 Ejections

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John McGraw wasn’t a tall man. He stood just five feet and seven inches tall. Still, he had the heart of an angry lion, getting ejected 121 times in 33 seasons as a manager from 1899 until 1932.

McGraw started his career briefly with the Orioles before signing on as the New York Giants manager in 1902. He won three World Series championships and is considered to be one of the greatest, and angriest, managers of all time.

Billy Martin – 46 Ejections

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Known for his hot temper. Billy Martin has worn multiple hats in major league baseball: skipper, player, manager, and coach. But he didn’t receive ejections equally across the roles he played.

In his 16 seasons as a major league manager, Martin was ejected a total of 46 times. He was also ejected 6 times as a player but none as a coach.

Bobby Cox – 162 Ejections

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No one in the history of baseball got ejected quite like Bobby Cox did. The dugout legend spent 19 seasons as a manager and was ejected 162 games – the length of an entire season.

Cox didn’t get ejected so many times because he couldn’t control his temper. He actually preferred getting thrown out instead of his players, so when they got mad, so he would, making sure the ump gave him the boot instead.