09/16/08 12:57 AM ET
Leyland ejected in sixth
Manager tossed after disputing hit-by-pitch call
By Drew Davison / Special to MLB.com
Leyland, who has now been ejected four times this season, argued with home plate umpire Eric Cooper about a hit-by-pitch call involving Tigers reliever Gary Glover plunking Rangers catcher Max Ramirez.
Glover's pitch, though, was questionable as to whether or not it actually hit Ramirez's elbow or his bat. The original call was a foul ball instead of a hit-by-pitch, but Texas manager Ron Washington argued and, after consulting with first-base umpire Angel Hernandez, Cooper changed his call.
An animated Leyland raced out of the Tigers' dugout to challenge the call. After arguing for several minutes, Leyland returned to the dugout without being ejected. But once Leyland was back in the dugout, Cooper then ejected him.
Leyland, of course, came back out to argue, but to no avail.
After the game, Leyland said that the umpires got the call right. Still, he was upset at how long it took Cooper, who was blocked on the play, to consult with Hernandez.
"First of all, the ball did hit the guy," Leyland said. "I was upset that [Cooper] said he was blocked out. If you were blocked out, you should check [with Hernandez] right away. It took him three times to look at Hernandez."
Leyland did not speculate as to why Cooper waited until Leyland was back in the dugout to eject him.
It was a pivotal call in the game, too, as two batters later, the Rangers' Taylor Teagarden blasted a grand slam to put Texas on top of Detroit, 7-5.
Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon took over Leyland's duties to finish the game.
Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.