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Indians Manager Ejected From Game

August 3, 2001

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Indians manager Charlie Manuel was ejected by third-base umpire Eric Cooper in the fourth inning of Cleveland’s game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.

With a 1-2 count on Oakland’s Ron Gant and the Indians trailing 5-0, Manuel kicked a bucket out of the dugout, scattering packages of bubblegum and sunflower seeds along the track area.

Manuel then ran out of the dugout and went nose-to-nose in an argument with Cooper, his third heated discussion of the game with the umpires.

In the third inning, Manuel was upset when the umpires overruled an original call by second-base ump Doug Eddings on a ball hit by the Athletics’ Olmedo Saenz. Eddings called it a double, Oakland manager Art Howe argued, and the umpires changed the call to a homer.

Television replays showed the ball hit above a yellow line atop the 19-foot wall in left field and should have been ruled a homer.

In the Cleveland third, Manuel got upset when first-base ump Brian Gorman ruled Jolbert Cabrera out on strikes. Manuel thought Cabrera had fouled off the pitch, which was dropped by catcher Ramon Hernandez.

The ejection was Manuel’s third of the season.

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