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Ejections are up despite the implementation of replay

Angel Hernandez, Bob Melvin

Umpire Angel Hernandez, right, ejects Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin for arguing a call in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Melvin argued a double by Adam Rosales was a home run but the umpires upheld the call after a video review. The Indians won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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We weren’t expecting this:

Going into Tuesday’s games, ejections of players, managers and coaches in the majors had totaled 61, 22% more than the 50 ejections through May of last season, according to Retrosheet.org. And the No. 1 reason was as clear as that call umpires botched to cost your favorite team a win.

It’s arguing balls and strikes. Which you have to figure is being used to some degree as an outlet for managers who can’t really argue other calls anymore. And, of course, they’re not supposed to be arguing balls and strikes either, thus the ejections.