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Just like every game enjoyed by millions of Americans, Baseball is regulated by a strict set of rules, regulations, and standards of the highest discipline. With strict punishments and confines on those who do not play by the rules or conform to the sport’s standards, Baseball players have a tough time breaking rules and getting away with it. Even the non-players like coaches are under the purview of these strict rules and regulations of Baseball. Let us know about the things that happen when Baseball players get ejected in this article.
One such punishment for players is Ejection, that is, the removal of a player from the field in cases of extreme disobedience of the rules of the game.
Here, in this article, we will discuss the event of a player’s ejection, why it happens, and what happens after a player is ejected from the baseball field.
So, let’s find it all out.
What is Ejection in Baseball?
The Ejection of a player or a coach from a game is the decision of an umpire based on the offenses of the player or the coach that removes them from the game itself. After being ejected, the participant cannot reenter the game under any circumstances.
Why does Ejection happen?
The sole reason for rejecting a player or a coach from the game is to uphold the set of rules of the game. When the player getting ejected breaks the rules repeatedly or deliberately for their team’s benefit, the decision for the ejection of the player rest in the hands of the umpires only. Ejection is a strong tool to maintain the rules of the game that punishes the participants for the following vehement reasons:
- Unsportsmanlike behavior
- Delaying the Game
- Deliberately breaking rules
- Leaving the dugout
- Causing distraction to the players
And so on.
There are exactly ten ways to get ejected if you are looking for it.
Even the non-players can get ejected for violating the rules of the game, including personnel like groundskeepers, managers, ushers, and media persons.
What happen when baseball players get ejected?
Now, to get ejected for a valid reason, several things happen to the baseball players, or at least, are supposed to happen from the side of the player.
These are as follows:
- The player must leave for the clubhouse as soon as he or she is ejected from the game. The removal of the player from the field or even the vicinity is a must after each ejection. Since the clubhouse is not in the sightline of the playing participants, it is expected of the ejected player to remain unseen for the rest of the game.
- The player must change out of the team uniform as soon as he or she is ejected and leaves the playing field. After this, the player can either take a seat amongst the audience or leave the park entirely for the duration of the game from which they were ejected as there is no possible way for reentry after an ejection.
- If the offenses that led to the player’s ejection are severe or show a pattern of violating the rules of the game, the water may be subject to further punishment in the form of fines, penalties, or even suspensions from future games. This outcome is not in the hands of the umpires but those of the League policies.
- If the player questions the decision of the umpire to eject the player, the post-ejection suspension may be extended to two matches in the future for position players while the pitches can get suspended for as much as four games.
- If the player or the coach gets ejected after the last out of the game, the player or coach becomes ineligible for entering the next game of the season.
What happens when ejected players don’t follow the expected behavior?
Instances of players refusing the decision of ejection is quite rare but the instances of players questioning this are equally interesting and adventurous.
For those die-hard baseball fanatics, they must remember Bobby Valentine, former manager for the Mets who was ejected from the game’s 12th innings in 1999 against the Blue Jays. After a dispute with the umpire lead to Bobby’s ejection, he returned to the dugout in different apparel, sporting a fake mustache. Eventually, his charade was figured out and he was fined $5,000 for the same.
Having discussed all this, one thing to take away from all this information is that even though how hard the regulations work or how strictly they are imposed, this sport can oonly move forward fairly if the players and the coaches want it to, not the other way around.
Here, in this article, we discussed the event of the ejection of a player or many other non-player participants of a baseball game. We discussed that ejection is the complete and non-questionable removal of the player from the game itself with no chance of reentry.
There are ten broad reasons for which a player can get ejected, based on the sole discretion of the game’s umpire. A player is not the only one to be ejected, coaches, managers, media personnel, ushers, groundskeepers, and even fans can get ejected from the game.
After ejection, players must leave the sight of the team and change out of the uniform and not return to the field or the dugout for the entire game. Players can also get suspensions from future games if the severity of their violations is high. Players can get as much as 4 game suspension based on just one ejection. So, to maintain their team’s reputation, all players must conform to the rules of the game.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1.Can fans be ejected from the game?
Yes, any member of the audience can be ejected from the game at the discretion of the umpire based on the actions of the person that disrupt the game.
2.Can a player be ejected for using substances?
Yes, players can and have been ejected for actions like smoking on the field or using lubricants or other lotions on the balls.