Milton Bradley Ejected for Being Confused After Strikeout
Now, though, I'm going to defend Mr. Bradley.
You see, he was ejected from the Mariners' Wednesday night exhibition game after being called out on strikes. Upon hearing that, it's easy to think he definitely deserved it. Before passing judgment, however, go watch the video of what happened (by clicking here).
I can tell you, having seen Bradley strike out to end the inning many times last season, that is exactly what he does when he makes the third out. Just as Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu pointed out after the game, Bradley clearly thought he was the third out. This definitely is not the first time he's made the mistake of not knowing how many outs there were in an inning, so there's a precedent.
You might make the argument that Bradley shouldn't just drop his bat on home plate like this anyway, or that he should always know how many outs there are. I won't necessarily argue the point, but I would ask if this action in and of itself is an ejectable offense? To me, there's no way this was worse than a player turning to argue the call for 5-10 seconds, and that happens all the time without ejection. In fact, this was better because it didn't appear he was even protesting the call.
Now, I do have to mention this: had that been teammate Ken Griffey, Jr., there probably would not have been an ejection. Actually, I bet the umpire would have made a joke with Griffey about not knowing the out total. You see, there's a reputation here, which almost certainly contributed to the umpire's quick overreaction. To that, I would say it is your fault, Milton.
He's made this bed, and he'll have to sleep in it for the rest of his career -- no matter how many outs he thinks there are.