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