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MLB Ejection 086 - Eric Cooper (1; Jim Riggleman)

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HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Reds Manager Jim Riggleman (Unsportsmanlike-NEC/intentional walk signal) in the top of the 12th inning of the White Sox-Reds game. With one out and two on (R1, R3), Riggleman attempted to intentionally walk White Sox batter Daniel Palka, resulting in an ejection....

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Seems like this type of situation reared its head concerning the double switch in days gone by. Seems like there had to be some clarifications to the procedures of announcing and signaling due to some misunderstandings on the double switch, to try and de-escalate some tensions (ejections) involved in that process from time to time.

Of course, if a manager has been displeased with some of the umpire(s) body of work during the game, it makes for a perfect situation to get in a little dig or verbal scuttlebutt with the umpire. Much like waiting on the mound for the umpire to break things up to get in some extracurricular verbal judo on the managers part.

A quick use of the fingers when the umpire may or may not be looking before getting the umpires attention by calling out his name first and watching him looking right at you before giving the visual signal, is one of the old school tricks to start a skirmish. Of course the camera will show the sign was given, even if the sign might be blocked out by the railing or a player or be too far back in the dugout or the umpire not looking for the signal, but the manager not getting his complete attention to start with. But getting the umpires complete and undivided attention verbally first, before giving the visible signals is the key to a smooth transaction and maybe, just maybe, in a hotly contested game with some unfavorable situations the manager just might want to accidentally forget to gain the umpires complete and undivided attention.

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