BOSTON, MA: Cody Ross #7 of the Boston Red Sox is restrained by manager Bobby Valentine #25 while arguing a called three strike with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after being thrown out of the game against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
No Red Sox manager or player has ever been ejected six times in a season. Well, until Wednesday night, anyway, when Bobby Valentine was booted for the half-dozenth time in 2012 in a game against the New York Yankees. While previous manager, Terry Francona, was ejected five times on two different occasions, he never got that extra boot to push him to six.
MLB.com is mostly good but occasionally lame; right now, it's being lame, so you can watch the ejections of Cody Ross and Bobby Valentine there, rather than embedded here.
Six is a lot of ejections for Boston, but it's not a lot historically. The most ejections in a season in the American League comes courtesy of Paul Richards, who was given the boot a dozen times back in 1956, and in the National League, John McGraw was tossed 13 times in 1905. Earl Weaver has the career mark in the AL with 98, and Bobby Cox, king of all things ejection, comes in at 132 in his lengthy career.
Is it wrong to hope that Valentine just goes all out over the next few weeks, and tries to get tossed another four or five times, just to make this record stand for some time? That, and the possibility of donning a disguise.