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Lannan Ejected? Any Precedent?

Give peace a chance, fellas. Jeez. First big-league start, 40 family and friends in the crowd, stories in papers from Vermont to Albany to Long Island to D.C. to Philly, an extra special Bog post, and this is the result?

Washington's John Lannan was thrown out in his major league debut after hitting Philadelphia's Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in consecutive at-bats in the fifth inning Thursday.

Washington manager Manny Acta also was ejected by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Lannan's exit. It was Acta's first ejection.

Let's briefly review the recent history of players ejected in their major league debut. Trust me, it's incredibly dramatic.

June 21, 1997

The Cincinnati Reds' Aaron Boone, promoted to replace his slumping brother, Bret, drove in the go-ahead run and then was ejected in his major-league debut Friday.

Boone, 24, also received his first ejection for throwing his helmet after getting called out by umpire Gary Darling on a close play at the plate to end the sixth.

"That's probably a first," Reds Manager Ray Knight said. "First big-league game, first RBI, first ejection, and the highest helmet toss after ricocheting it off the ground."

May 3, 1994

[Phillies left-hander] Andy Carter, making his major league debut, started the seventh.

He lasted three batters.

He hit the first one, Brad Ausmus, with a pitch. After pitcher A.J. Sager popped up, Carter hit [Luis] Lopez with a pitch. And that was enough for home plate umpire Jim Quick. Mindful that the benches had emptied the night before when Andy Ashby plunked Mariano Duncan in one at-bat and dusted him off with a fastball up and in the next, no doubt remembering that Curt Schilling had nailed Tony Gwynn in San Diego the previous time the teams met this year, he immediately ejected Carter and manager Jim Fregosi from the game.

Amazing. Utterly amazing. Today is not even the first time in the past 20 years that an NL rookie left-hander was ejected from his Major League debut after hitting two batters during a game in Philadelphia. Here's the box score. Take that, Elias.

Now we can only hope that Lannan turns into the next Andy Carter.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 26, 2007; 3:35 PM ET
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Comments

Hitting Chase Utley is like a rite of passage isn't it? The guy actively tries to get hit, which I thought was against the rules - but never enforced. He doesn't simply fail to make an attempt to get out of the way, he leans into the pitch.

Hit him early and often, break that habit -- IMO.

Posted by: Prophet | July 26, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

On WTWP, Dave Jaegler mentioned a name not on your list:

Ric Vaughn of the Indians was also tossed in his debut after walking the bases loaded, giving up a grand slam to Klu Heywood, and plunking the next batter. ;)

Posted by: VladiHondo | July 26, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Utley gets hit a lot, except a) he tried to get out of the way of this pitch and b) Howard got hit on the next pitch...this was the pitcher's fault, not that batters.

And I hope the next time these teams match up, Cole hits Zimmerman right in the head.

Posted by: hoya06 | July 27, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Grow up, hoya06.

Posted by: natsfan20109 | July 27, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

After a night of sleeping, perhaps Zimmerman doesn't need to get drilled in the head because the Nats had a pitcher in there incapable of throwing the ball within the vicinity of the plate, but I just can't get over how ridiculous it is that somehow the Nats are the victims here of a renegade ump when the Phillies have lost the best second baseman in baseball for a month.

Posted by: hoya06 | July 27, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It was bound to happen. That it happened on a pitch that he tried to avoid is unfortunate, but karma is funny like that.

Posted by: Prophet | July 27, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Stuff happens in baseball, it's unavoidable and unfortunate. But it's not up to the ump to make Phillie fans feel better.

Posted by: Rocket1124 | July 27, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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