A Running Tally of Every John Gibbons Ejection
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
|April 18, 2005||Marty Foster||Home run call|
|April 23, 2005||Larry Vanover||Call at home|
|May 15, 2005||Jim Reynolds||Balls and strikes|
|June 27, 2005||CB Bucknor||Balls and strikes|
|July 17, 2005||John Hirschbeck||Call at home|
|August 22, 2005||Marvin Hudson||Call at home|
|September 11, 2005||Bill Welke||Arguing third strike|
|September 23, 2005||Marty Foster||Checked swing|
|April 30, 2006||Adam Dowdy||Balls and strikes|
|May 12, 2006||Bill Welke||Balls and strikes|
|June 18, 2006||Sam Holbrook||Balls and strikes|
|April 21, 2007||Phil Cuzzi||Balls and strikes|
|June 28, 2007||Mark Wegner||Ejection of player|
|July 12, 2007||John Hirschbeck||Call at first|
|July 20, 2007||Tim Timmons||Checked swing|
|July 30, 2007||Tim Welke||Checked swing|
|May 1, 2008||Bruce Dreckman||Balk call|
|May 17, 2008||Mike Winters||Aruging HBP|
|June 11, 2008||Andy Fletcher||Balls and strikes|
|June 15, 2008||Adrian Johnson||Call at first|
|April 24, 2013 | VIDEO||Mike DiMuro||Called third strike|
|April 25, 2013 | VIDEO||Jeff Kellogg||Call at first|
|May 24, 2013||Dan Bellino||Called third strike|
|July 2, 2013||Alan Porter||Balls and strikes|
|August 22, 2013 | VIDEO||Scott Barry||Catch/trap call|
|May 25, 2014||Mark Carlson||Replay ruling|
|July 2, 2014||Greg Gibson||Replay ruling|
|June 8, 2015 | VIDEO||Angel Hernandez||Checked swing|
|June 19, 2015 | VIDEO||CB Bucknor||Warning to teams|
|July 2, 2015 | VIDEO||Gerry Davis||Replay ruling|
|August 2, 2015 | VIDEO||Jim Wolf||Intentional HBP non-call|
|August 8, 2015 | VIDEO||Greg Gibson||Balls and strikes|
|April 27, 2016 | VIDEO||John Tumpane||Checked swing|
|May 15, 2016 | VIDEO||Dan Iassogna||Balls and strikes|
|May 16, 2016 | VIDEO||Mike Winters||Called third strike|
|May 22, 2016 | VIDEO||Joe West||Intentional HBP non-call|
|June 24, 2016 | VIDEO||Ted Barrett||Foul ball call|
|July 1, 2016 | VIDEO||Vic Carapazza||Called third strike|
|September 4, 2016 | VIDEO||Pat Hoberg||Called third strike|
|September 11, 2016 | VIDEO||Jim Joyce||Replay ruling|
|April 23, 2017 | VIDEO||Ramon De Jesus||Quick pitch call|
|April 24, 2017||Toby Basner||Called third strike|
|May 8, 2017 | VIDEO||Vic Carapazza||Obstruction call|
|July 27, 2017||Will Little||Balls and strikes|
|August 16, 2017 | VIDEO||Lance Barksdale||Balls and strikes|
|May 2, 2018 | VIDEO||Dan Bellino||Aruging check swing/double play|
|May 5, 2018||CB Bucknor||Balls and strikes|
|May 6, 2018 | VIDEO||Jeremie Rehak||Balk call|
|July 7, 2018 | VIDEO||Lance Barrett||Balls and strikes|
|July 25, 2018 | VIDEO||Sean Barber||Arguing check swing|
|August 19, 2018 | VIDEO||Jason Visconti||Call at first|
|September 15, 2018 | VIDEO||Roberto Ortiz||Balls 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.
9 thoughts on “A Running Tally of Every John Gibbons Ejection”
Gibby has 787 career wins… he should be at 1569 total games, so 1 ejection every 30 games.
Nice write up!
Shoot, thanks for catching that! 1 ejection per 30 games still seems like a pretty decent clip.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Indeed it was. That one should get bonus points!
a couple of the links are repeats. Great job though
Shoot, thanks! Should be fixed now!
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