For the umpires, how much guff will you put up with when a coach questions ball/strike calls?
And for the coaches: do you ever intentionally get yourself thrown out of a game to make a point and/or to show your players you are standing up for them?
I ask this because I saw something a couple weeks ago in my son's HS game that I had never seen before: BOTH 3rd base coaches got tossed for arguing balls and strikes!
I am pretty sure I have never even seen ONE coach get tossed for that in my 5 or 6 years of watching HS varsity games. Coaches know they aren't supposed to question this, and so in my experience watching, when they do chirp about balls/strikes it is usually a comment here or there.
But this game a few weeks ago, the ump was a disaster. Armpit level strikes. Way off the plate strieks. High outside curve balls, barely breaking in - strike. Son got rung up on that pitch, on a full count with 2 out and bases loaded in a 2 run ballgame.
The next inning, when the bad calls continued, our coach had had enough. He came stomping down the line, complaining loudly. It was obvious to most everyone that he was intending to get tossed. In fact, when he got to the dugout, my son gave him a fist-bump.
The next inning, the same thing happened to the other team's third base coach. Although he didn't argue nearly as loud, still got tossed for arguing balls and strikes.
Never seen both coaches get tossed for arguing B/S!