|Los Angeles Dodgers coach Larry Bowa ejected|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 01 April 2008 20:44|
The Dodgers had two on and two outs in a scoreless game when third base umpire Ed Montague gestured to Bowa. The two came together, the discussion got heated, and Bowa was tossed.
Bowa had to be restrained by manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer before leaving the field. Once in the dugout, the fiery former manager turned over a bucket of Gatorade.
First base coach Mariano Duncan moved to third and hitting coach Mike Easler took over at first.
Major League Baseball announced in late February that starting this year, first- and third-base coaches must not cross the lines toward home plate or the field until batted balls pass them. Only then can they take up other spots to guide runners.
In November, general managers decided big league base coaches must wear protective headgear this year, starting with exhibition games.
Double-A first base coach Mike Coolbaugh was killed by a line drive to the neck last season.
Third-base coaches routinely stand much closer to the plate than the lines permit, trying to get a better look at where outfielders are positioned.
The Dodgers won the game 3-2, but Bowa was still irate 30 minutes later as he left Dodger Stadium, unleashing a profanity-laced tirade regarding the rule.
``I did it all spring, nobody said a word,'' he said. ``I did it yesterday, nobody said a word. It's impossible to coach third and stay in the box with a runner at second.''
Schaefer also criticized the rule, but added: ``Unfortunately, the umpires are doing what they're told to do.''
Montague said it was ``probably one of the dumbest ejections he's had.
``We got a memo and an edict, and they're adamant about the box and stuff,'' the umpire said. ``Don't go up in front of the box toward home plate, and don't get any closer to the foul lines. I told Bo in the bottom of the fifth, because he got up close. And that's what caught my eye. And I just told him, 'Bo, you got the memo, we got the memo, and you've got to stay back.' I went over and told Joe in-between innings what I told Bo. And Bo just said, 'I'm going to do it the way I've always been doing it.'
``I said, 'Bo, if you go up, I'm going to have to run you.' And he said, 'Do what you've got to do, and it is what it is.' When he got up in front of it again, I said, 'Bo, I told you once, now get back in the box.' He argued it, and finally I said, 'You're gone.' So I gave him every chance in the book and he defied it.''
San Francisco's Rich Aurilia said he wasn't surprised by Bowa's explosion.
``I mean, he made a big stink this spring about wearing the helmet,'' Aurilia said. ``But I could see for four innings that they were arguing over there about something. I didn't know what until that happened. But, hey, they put the rule in for a reason and I guess you've got to abide by it. If not, you're going to be out of there. That's what happened tonight.''