A baseball manager having a meltdown at an umpire is a pastime as old as baseball itself. Every so often, an umpire is going to get a call wrong, or at least appear to, and the manager on the wrong end of it is going to storm out of the dugout and flip his lid.
It’s a wonderful event that really only happens in baseball. I cannot think of a single other job where it’s perfectly common to throw a temper tantrum like a toddler, with little to no repercussions, and in some cases, you even get praised afterwards.
Sure, with instant replay having been implemented in the big leagues, the meltdowns aren’t as prevalent. Now it’s all, “Hey, how’s your family? Hold on a second while my bench coach tells me if we should challenge this.” But that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever. In fact, some of the best ones have occurred only recently (albeit, in the minor leagues, see here and here).
Which is why, in honor of these wonderful events, we’re revisiting some of the greatest manager meltdowns of all time.
First on our list is a video that took place only recently, and it features Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon kicking a hat. It’s certainly not the greatest meltdown of all time, but thanks to Isaac setting it to the tune of “Yakety Sax,” it becomes a bit of a classic. Thanks, Isaac. Oh, and don’t worry, I’m confident McClendon will make another appearance on this list in just a bit.