Brian Snitker was ejected in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after Ronald Acuna took a first pitch fastball to the back from Elieser Hernandez.
It was the Braves manager’s second career ejection involving Acuna being hit by a Marlins pitch. On Aug. 15, a year ago Acuna was struck in the left elbow by a fastball from Marlins starter Jose Urena, causing both benches to clear. Snitker was ejected for fighting and after which Urena was ejected for intentionally throwing at a batter.
Snitker’s third ejection of the season raises the Braves’ overall ejections to six. Josh Donaldson and pitchers Kevin Gausman and Shane Carle round out the Braves’ ejected posse. (The Nationals lead the NL East with seven ejections so far.)
Snitker’s early exit Wednesday was his last since arguing balls and strikes June 13 after Acuna took an 0-2 fastball from Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove.
Snitker has been tossed 13 times in his career as Braves manager. His first career ejection came June 23, 2016, arguing a no-call collision at home plate against the New York Mets.
Snitker has a long way to catch former Braves manager Bobby Cox, who still holds the all-time record for ejections with 158. The Hall of Famer set the impressive stat over his 32-year managerial career with a final heave-ho in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS against the Giants.
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