Tigers manager “Beautiful” Brad Ausmus was suspended 1 game for his….colorful ejection Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins. Asumus’ tirade was memorable for several reasons, including his removal of his sweatshirt and subsequent placement over home plate, but also because a television feed was a little late in cutting out the audio and captured Ausmus’ using very colorful language toward home plate umpire Doug Eddings.
I don’t recall the last time a manager received a suspension for an ejection (That didn’t involve said manager returning to the field/dugout), even if this one is a little more animated than most. The sweatshirt thing while amusing isn’t nearly as bad as some of the ejections we’ve seen including a manager removing bases and throwing them about, or using the rosin bag as a grenade, or covering the plate with as much dirt as possible. The big issue here is Asumus getting audio of him cursing out the umpire and that spreading across social media. So once again a suspension seems to be dictated not based on merit or the actual actions of the person in question, but rather the fallout online as this is most certainly not the first time a person lobbed multiple obscenities at an umpire. This is very troubling behavior for MLB indeed.