Joe Torre may not be the most confrontational manager in baseball history, but he’s been ejected from his fair share of games.
The Dodgers’ skipper was tossed for the 65th time in his 29 seasons as a manager in his team’s 6-3 loss in Houston on Saturday night.
Before Sunday’s game, Torre said that his ejection, much like many ejections today, are called a bit hastily, ESPN.com reports.
"I think sometimes [umpires] misread a lot of stuff that players do," Torre told ESPN.com. "They take it as showing them up. I don't think umpires take into consideration the passion [players have] in how they respond to players and how quickly they eject players."
Torre was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel in the top of the first inning for arguing a called third strike on Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake. Ironically, Blake, who immediately had a few words with Emmel before returning to the dugout, was not ejected.
On Aug. 29, former Dodger Manny Ramirez was immediately tossed by plate umpire Gary Cederstrom after arguing a first-pitch strike he thought was outside in a crucial situation in the sixth inning — an at-bat that proved to be Ramirez’s last with Los Angeles.
"The crew chief can't do that in a pennant race, or any time," Torre said after that game. "This game is high pressure. … I'm totally disappointed in the way Cederstrom reacted. In that situation, that's crazy."
Torre has been one of baseball’s most prominent figures for almost 50 years, leading one to believe that his words could have an effect on guidelines for major league umpires.
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