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What managers really say to umpires

By December 17, 2012

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Fun story Friday on MLB.com about what managers really say when they're arguing with umpires, getting all red in the face and full of bluster when often it's just a tactic to inspire his team.

All the stories are good. My favorite involves Rays manager Joe Maddon and umpire Ted Barrett. From the story by Zack Meisel:

After Maddon disputed a call in 2007, Barrett told him that one more word would trigger his ejection, so the skipper simply replied, "I love you." Sticking to his guns, Barrett tossed him.

"I ejected him and then realized, 'What do I put in my report, that I ejected him because he told me he loved me?' That just stumped me," Barrett said. "I had never had a manager tell me he loved me before."



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