Tossed a coach today…

and, as usual, I don’t feel great about it. Both coaches on the visiting side were a-holes. Screaming at their players and just doing a bad job. (and the teams played well…both games ended like 6-5 in walk off fashion) At the plate conference, the manager was grumpy and bitching that he was by himself…then, a few minutes later, he was arguing with a parent/coach on the bench and was looking for me to help him get the guy off the bench so we could start the game. Then, a few innings later, the guy is coaching…very strange and they both irked me.

I had the plate the second game and the parent/coach was coaching 1st. He argued a fair/foul call (“can’t you see the line?”) and then loudly complained  that a called strike was high.  I should have addressed it but i ignored it, but it annoyed me. So at the end of the inning i walked over and gave him a stern “coach,  i don’t want to hear anything else about balls and strikes ok?”…which quickly turned into an ejection. I think if i had confronted the coach as soon as he argued, i still would have had an ejection – but at least I wouldn’t feel like I went looking for it.

I believe this is my 4th ejection. 2 coaches and 2 players (1 adult and 1 kid). The kid is the only one i feel good about – i probably contributed to the others.

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3 responses

  1. I agree you should have handled the coach before the inning was over. When he makes the comment, look at him and say “Coach, don’t argue balls and strikes. That’s your warning.” Pull out the lineup card and write something simple down: B3-2O;VC-BS (Bottom 3rd, 2 outs; Visiting Coach, Balls and Strikes). That’s all you’ll need to remember if there’s an ejection later.

    If he wants to argue immediately after the warning, simply say “That’s enough, Coach.” If he argues again, dump him; then, write anything down you might forget (quotes he said, for example).

    Going to him between innings shows you as the aggressor in the situation. It gives the impression you walked over for a purpose — to eject him.

  2. i don’t disagree andrew and thanks, as always, for your input

  3. Thanks for sharing this. It helps to put yourself in their shoes, I find. Although, that is always easier said than done. Especially when you’re in the moment.

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