TOSSED SALAD AND BRYCE HARPER by BILL ARNOLD

 

Monday’s eighth inning rumble between slugger Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and reliever Hunter Strickland of the San Francisco Giants led to ejections and suspensions for both players. Strickland hit Harper with a pitch allegedly as retaliation for two home runs the outfielder hit off him in a 2014 National League Division Series. It was Harper’s ninth career ejection and Strickland’s first. Harper has the second highest number of ejections for a major-leaguer under age 25 trailing only New York Giants second baseman Larry Doyle who was tossed 15 times. Doyle compiled his record number of ejections from 1907 through 1912. Before Monday’s heave-ho, the 24-year-old Harper (who will turn 25 on October 16) was tied with Roger Bresnahan and Jimmy Sheckard with eight apiece.

 

The 17 players who had the most career ejections in bigs before turning 25

(career ejections are those as a player only; Eb25 – ejections before turning 25)

 

Player                 Pos     Debut Age Years           Eb25
Larry Doyle 2B 20.356 1907-11 15
Bryce Harper OF 19.195 2012-17 9
Roger Bresnahan C/OF 18.077 1897, 1900-04 8
Jimmy Sheckard OF 18.295 1897-1903 8
Ty Cobb OF 18.255 1905-11 7
Dan Costello OF 21.296 1913-16 7
Phil Lewis SS 21.189 1905-08 7
Red Dooin C 22.310 1902-04 6
Pete Incaviglia OF 22.006 1986-88 6
Al Lopez C 20.038 1928-33 6
John McGraw 3B/SS 18.141 1891-97 6
Gary Sheffield OF 19.290 1988-93 6
Tim Foli SS 19.279 1970-75 5
Lee Magee OF/2B 22.030 1911-14 5
Sherry Magee OF/1B 19.328 1904-09 5
Rabbit Maranville ss 20.304 1912-16 5
Gene Mauch 2B/SS 18.152 1944, 1947-50 5