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Royals ejection tracker: Nine tossed in 16 games

Home plate umpire Jim Joyce ejected Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura after hitting Oakland’s Brett Lawrie with a pitch in the fourth inning April 18 at Kauffman Stadium.
Home plate umpire Jim Joyce ejected Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura after hitting Oakland’s Brett Lawrie with a pitch in the fourth inning April 18 at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

A total of nine Royals have been ejected through 16 games this season. (For those wondering, that’s a pace of 91 ejections for a 162-game season).

According to Retrosheet.org, the Royals accounted for only four of the 199 ejections in all of major-league baseball during the 2014 regular-season.

Manager Ned Yost was ejected three times in 2014 (for arguing a fair/foul call, balls and strikes and a balk call) and Mike Moustakas was the other (an umpire thought he was clapping in a mocking way during a replay review).

Here are the 2015 ejections so far, with excerpts from Andy McCullough’s coverage:

Yordano Ventura (2)

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Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was ejected for hitting Oakland’s Brett Lawrie with a pitch in the fourth inning April 18 at Kauffman Stadium. JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ April 18: A night after Oakland’s Brett Lawrie injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on a hard slide at second base, Ventura drilled Lawrie in the side with a 99-mph fastball and was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Jim Joyce.

▪ April 23: The Royals and White Sox had already traded words and a pair of hit-by-pitches when Adam Eaton smacked a comebacker at Ventura, whose motion shuttled him toward Eaton. Eaton yelled at Ventura, who responded with a two-word expletive. The umpires separated both, but the benches cleared and “all hell broke loose,” manager Ned Yost said. Ventura was one of five players ejected.

Dave Eiland

▪ April 19: The Royals’ pitching coach was ejected by home plate umpire Greg Gibson in the first inning of a game against the A’s after Scott Kazmir hit Lorenzo Cain in the left leg with a 92-mph fastball. As Gibson walked with Cain to first base, he issued warnings to Kazmir and both dugouts. Turning toward the noise from the first-base side, Gibson ejected Eiland, who was yelling at Kazmir.

Alcides Escobar

▪ April 19: Was thrown out for yelling from the dugout after Kelvin Herrera was ejected after he threw a 100-mph fastball behind the back of Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie in the top of the eighth

Kelvin Herrera

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Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ April 19: He was ejected after he threw a 100-mph fastball behind the back of Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie in the top of the eighth. Herrera eyed Lawrie and pointed at his own head as he left the diamond.

Don Wakamatsu

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Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ April 19: Because both teams were already warned when Kelvin Herrera intentionally threw a pitch at Oakland’s Brett Lawrie, Wakamatsu was ejected because he was serving as manager because of Ned Yost’s earlier ejection.

Wakamatsu argued with crew chief Jim Joyce, who promptly threw him out a second time. “I’m already gone!” Wakamatsu replied. Hitting coach Dale Sveum managed in his place.

Ned Yost

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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star

▪ April 19: Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland was ejected by home plate umpire Greg Gibson in the first inning of a game against the A’s after Scott Kazmir hit Lorenzo Cain in the left leg with a 92-mph fastball. Then Gibson held up his right hand like a stop sign at Yost. “Don’t come out,” he commanded. Yost did not listen, and Gibson ejected him upon sight.

Yost did not go quietly. He hollered at Gibson and pointed at first base. Yost flung his gum in the grass. Joyce, who ejected Ventura on Saturday, stood between the two and grabbed Yost’s midsection to guide him toward the exit. Yost departed to a standing ovation.

Lorenzo Cain

▪ April 23: Cain was ejected after the Ventura-Eaton shouting match for confronting Chicago pitcher Jeff Samardzija after both benches spilled onto the field. Samardzija was also ejected, along with White Sox starter Chris Sale.

Edinson Volquez

▪ April 23: He was ejected after swinging at (and missing) Samardzija, who went to the ground and bowled over Royals coach Mike Jirschele after charging at Cain.

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