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White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected while exchanging lineup cards

Aug 25, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

Strange happenings in baseball, indeed. Mark Parent, currently in his second year as bench coach under manager Robin Ventura, was ejected by crew chief Jerry Layne while he was exchanging lineup cards prior to the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Rangers.

Video showed Parent saying something to Layne, but it is not apparent exactly what was said.

The White Sox emerged victorious this afternoon nevertheless, defeating the Rangers 5-2. White Sox starter John Danks tossed six solid innings while his offense battered Rangers starter Matt Garza for five runs (four earned) over seven innings. Since making his debut with the Rangers on July 24, Garza has a 4.44 ERA.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM


    I think Mark Parent asked Jerry Layne when he was due.

  2. cur68 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    “So Jerry, how’re your wife and my kids?”

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Now that’s a good one.

    • stex52 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Rogue ump. No wonder his wife is sleeping with a bench coach.

      Game hasn’t even started. What business does he have throwing a coach out? I don’t care what he said.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      I see that the thumbs down fairy has reappeared.

      • drewzducks - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Emphasis on “fairy”.

    • HitsDingers - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      “If you get a piece of it, you can name it” was never more appropriate

  3. kennyadler1 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Is it me or have the umps really been in the news way too much this year and way more than ever before??

    • apkyletexas - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      It’s you.

    • Bryz - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I think the ability to share happenings in the various MLB games (i.e. tweeting about it right after it happened) has led to the belief that umpires are getting worse, when truthfully their mistakes are just being pointed out more often now.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I saw one yesterday where a guy hit a grounder and was thrown out at first but before he got there he’d been thrown out of the game by the HP ump. He’d dropped an audible F-bomb but insisted it was frustration at himself.

  4. missingdiz - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Robots are being developed now to fight our wars; surely somebody can produce a robo-ump–wait, robotump sounds better. I better copyright that right away.

  5. mrpinkca - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Someone should remind these two that they are both grown men and that there is absolutely no reason the lineup card exchange should end in ejection.

  6. bringbackkosar - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Maybe Parent was just relaying a message for the umpire from Ventura and volunteered to take the bullet

    • dondada10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      No doubt. Ventura was tossed yesterday.

  7. theuncletodd - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    umps are getting more thin-skinned every day—–if they didn’t blow obvious calls, well…….

    • zacksdad - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      I wish baseball and basketball officials were more like NFL officials. I have seen coaches and players yell at them and they just ignore them. NBA and MLB officials act like it is that time of the month and it is all about them.

      But I guess this is the human element that everyone likes. We have television that shows exact pitch location, yet we like balls and strikes to be determined by some older overweight man that calls them based on the mood he happens to be in the moment. Baseball players cannot look at them wrong or they do not get the calls their way.

      Maybe we should get robot players and let the games be decided by human officials. Almost that way how it is.

    • forsch31 - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      According to Ventura, Parent apparently attempted to start an argument about something that happened in the previous game.

      Sorry, but he deserved getting tossed for doing an idiotic move like that.

  8. spursareold - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I’ve never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that’s a no-no with umpires.

    Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must’ve called the guy a cocksucker.

  9. stlouis1baseball - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I would really like to know what Parent said. Someone needs to track down the women in the white skirt and ask. As close as she was…perhaps she overheard. She looked sort of lost after that. Don’t blame her one bit. You certainly don’t see coaches get tossed while exchanging line up cards on a regular basis. Interesting stuff.

    • willis56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Women in the white skirt? I only saw one “woman”

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Thank you for correcting my grammatical error Mrs. Reynolds.
        I can always count on you!

  10. 7mantel - May 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Ron Luciano tossed Earl Weaver twice during the line up meeting . One time Earl was sitting on the bench so not to get tossed and Luciano tossed him anyway ! From the book The Umpire Strikes Back ,funny book .

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