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A Running Tally of Every John Gibbons Ejection

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John Gibbons is likely riding out his final few days as the manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. Yet, that doesn’t mean he can’t insert himself into MLB’s record book.

After his 52nd career ejection over the weekend, the man is among illustrious company when it comes to MLB’s most-decorated managers. Gibby officially takes sole possession of 14th place for the most ejections ever by a manager. Among active managers, he trails only Bruce Bochy and Ron Gardenhire. Bobby Cox tops the list with 161 career ejections.

When fans look back on the Gibby era, some of their fondest memories will be of him sauntering out of the dugout, laying into the umpire and then sauntering back off the field after a job well done. The man certainly knows how to get his money’s worth after he’s been tossed.



So, for anyone who ever wondered where all those 52 Gibbons ejections came from, here’s a running tally of all of them dating back to his first stint as Blue Jays manager. In some cases, there’s glorious video footage of the ejection. (Hat tip to Retrosheet for the data)
 

John Gibbons Career Ejections

DateUmpireReason
April 18, 2005Marty FosterHome run call
April 23, 2005Larry VanoverCall at home
May 15, 2005Jim ReynoldsBalls and strikes
June 27, 2005CB BucknorBalls and strikes
July 17, 2005John HirschbeckCall at home
August 22, 2005Marvin HudsonCall at home
September 11, 2005Bill WelkeArguing third strike
September 23, 2005Marty FosterChecked swing
April 30, 2006Adam DowdyBalls and strikes
May 12, 2006Bill WelkeBalls and strikes
June 18, 2006Sam HolbrookBalls and strikes
April 21, 2007Phil CuzziBalls and strikes
June 28, 2007Mark WegnerEjection of player
July 12, 2007John HirschbeckCall at first
July 20, 2007Tim TimmonsChecked swing
July 30, 2007Tim WelkeChecked swing
May 1, 2008Bruce DreckmanBalk call
May 17, 2008Mike WintersAruging HBP
June 11, 2008Andy FletcherBalls and strikes
June 15, 2008Adrian JohnsonCall at first
April 24, 2013 | VIDEOMike DiMuroCalled third strike
April 25, 2013 | VIDEOJeff KelloggCall at first
May 24, 2013Dan BellinoCalled third strike
July 2, 2013Alan PorterBalls and strikes
August 22, 2013 | VIDEOScott BarryCatch/trap call
May 25, 2014Mark CarlsonReplay ruling
July 2, 2014Greg GibsonReplay ruling
June 8, 2015 | VIDEOAngel HernandezChecked swing
June 19, 2015 | VIDEOCB BucknorWarning to teams
July 2, 2015 | VIDEOGerry DavisReplay ruling
August 2, 2015 | VIDEOJim WolfIntentional HBP non-call
August 8, 2015 | VIDEOGreg GibsonBalls and strikes
April 27, 2016 | VIDEOJohn TumpaneChecked swing
May 15, 2016 | VIDEODan IassognaBalls and strikes
May 16, 2016 | VIDEOMike WintersCalled third strike
May 22, 2016 | VIDEOJoe WestIntentional HBP non-call
June 24, 2016 | VIDEOTed BarrettFoul ball call
July 1, 2016 | VIDEOVic CarapazzaCalled third strike
September 4, 2016 | VIDEOPat HobergCalled third strike
September 11, 2016 | VIDEOJim JoyceReplay ruling
April 23, 2017 | VIDEORamon De JesusQuick pitch call
April 24, 2017Toby BasnerCalled third strike
May 8, 2017 | VIDEOVic CarapazzaObstruction call
July 27, 2017Will LittleBalls and strikes
August 16, 2017 | VIDEOLance BarksdaleBalls and strikes
May 2, 2018 | VIDEODan BellinoAruging check swing/double play
May 5, 2018CB BucknorBalls and strikes
May 6, 2018 | VIDEOJeremie RehakBalk call
July 7, 2018 | VIDEOLance BarrettBalls and strikes
July 25, 2018 | VIDEOSean BarberArguing check swing
August 19, 2018 | VIDEOJason ViscontiCall at first
September 15, 2018 | VIDEORoberto OrtizBalls and strikes

Some of the most impressive things about this list: on three occasions, he was tossed in consecutive games. His most impressive stretch was three ejections in the span of five days which he accomplished earlier this year after getting tossed on May 2nd, 5th and 6th.

Another weird oddity; Gibbons was tossed on the same date – July 2nd – in three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.

The umpire he clashes with the most? C.B. Bucknor. Gibby’s been tossed eight times in a season on two occasions (2005 and 2016). The fewest amount of Gibby ejections in one season? Only two.

With 1569 career games managed, that means Gibby’s been ejected about once every 30 games. His preferred reason for ejection is usually arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.


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9 Comments

  1. TD

    September 17, 2018 - 10:12 am

    Gibby has 787 career wins… he should be at 1569 total games, so 1 ejection every 30 games.

    Nice write up!

    1. Ian Hunter

      September 17, 2018 - 10:35 am

      Shoot, thanks for catching that! 1 ejection per 30 games still seems like a pretty decent clip.

      1. TD

        September 17, 2018 - 12:33 pm

        no problem! For sure that once every 30 is a good clip. Bobby Cox still has the edge on him with an ejection every 28 games.

  2. Sam Phelps

    September 17, 2018 - 12:40 pm

    Love the article! Me and my buddies were talking about how much he gets tossed earlier this year, love the concrete stats that go along with this one!

    1. Ian Hunter

      September 17, 2018 - 3:37 pm

      Thanks! I was surprised the most ejections he’s had in one season was “only” 8. But getting tossed 3 times in 6 days was pretty badass.

  3. Peter Skov

    September 17, 2018 - 3:09 pm

    Best ever was getting tossed on his way out to make a pitching change, and then completing the pitching change after getting the heave-ho.

    1. Ian Hunter

      September 17, 2018 - 3:38 pm

      Indeed it was. That one should get bonus points!

  4. Dan

    September 24, 2018 - 2:25 am

    a couple of the links are repeats. Great job though

    1. Ian Hunter

      September 24, 2018 - 7:06 pm

      Shoot, thanks! Should be fixed now!

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