Cox matches McGraw's all-time career ejections mark

Updated: June 23, 2007, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox wasn't going to argue with plate umpire Chad Fairchild, and he ended up with a record-tying ejection anyway.

Most Ejections

Following is a list of managerial ejections only. Hall of Fame manager John McGraw (right) has a total of 131 major league ejections, but 14 came as a player. The active managers are listed in bold.

  • 1. Bobby Cox 131
  • 2. John McGraw 117
  • 3. Earl Weaver 97
  • 4. Leo Durocher 95
  • 5. Frankie Frisch 82
  • 6. Paul Richards 80
  • 7. Tony La Russa 73
  • 8. Clark Griffith 62
  • 9. Joe Torre 60
  • 10. Lou Piniella 58
  • 11. Bill Rigney 52
  • 12 (tie). Sparky Anderson 47
  • 12 (tie). Mike Hargrove 47
  • 14 (tie). Ralph Houk 45
  • 14 (tie). Billy Martin 45
  • 16. Tom Lasorda 44
  • 17 (tie). Gene Mauch 43
  • 17 (tie). Jim Leyland 43
  • 19 (tie). Jimmy Dykes 42
  • 19 (tie). Phil Garner 42

Cox was tossed from Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning. He ran onto the field too late to save Brian McCann from being ejected by Fairchild.

Cox's ejection gave him 131 for his career, tying the record set by John McGraw. He already has the record for most ejections by a manager, since 14 of McGraw's came as a player.

"That means you've managed a long time," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

McCann argued with Fairchild about a called third strike from Todd Jones. The pitch appeared to be low.

Cox said he didn't come onto the field to argue; he was only trying to keep McCann in the game in case of extra innings. He ended up arguing up with Fairchild after McCann was ejected.

"He was the only catcher I had left," Cox said.

Said McCann: "The pitch was below my knee. It almost hit the ground. The ball wasn't a strike. I'm pretty sure [Cox] didn't think it was a strike, either."

Cox has been reluctant to say much about the record, and Braves general manager John Schuerholz said there would be no public recognition of a milestone that his manager would rather ignore.

"It's kind of embarrassing," Cox said recently.

The mark doesn't show up in any official record books but was diligently compiled by the Society for American Baseball Research.

The Braves (38-37) have lost four straight and scored only one run during their skid. Cox has been ejected six times this season.

Leyland said Cox doesn't need to worry about the record clouding his career.

"The guy has been doing this better than anybody for a long time," Leyland said.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press