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Reasons people were ejected from the Yankees-Tigers game, ranked

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Somehow, Aaron Judge was not one of them.

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The Yankees and Tigers got into a good ol’ donnybrook during their game on Thursday, with the majority of members from both sides getting into it. Whether it was punching someone else, pulling your friend off an opposing player, or pretending to be held back so you look cool but don’t actually get injured, a lot of people from both sides got involved.

After the first brawl, when the majority of people got involved and thus ejected, two more flared up, resulting in Dellin Betances, Rob Thomson, Alex Wilson, and Brad Ausmus all getting the boot as well.

In the process, Betances hit Detroit catcher James McCann in the head with a pitch and all in all there were three innings where benches cleared.

Here are all of those ejections, and reasons why they happened, ranked.

Miguel Cabrera (fighting)

Well, he got in a fight with Austin Romine and then proceeded to try to fight everyone on the field. That’s very deserving of an ejection and is also up there in entertainment value. He also started things, which merits recognition, and got some good swings in while he was at it. If anyone deserved to get ejected, it was Miggy.

Austin Romine (fighting)

Romine is second here because he might have started the fight by mouthing off to Cabrera after Kahnle threw behind him, but he didn’t throw the first punch. Points off. He also went for the legs immediately, which is code for “please don’t touch the face” and then started punching people in the general kidney area. I never want to be in a fight with Austin Romine, but yeah, this was a worthy ejection.

Alex Wilson (hit Todd Frazier with a pitch)

Alex Wilson got ejected for hitting Todd Frazier in the thigh with a pitch. This may or may not have been in retaliation but was always going to result in him leaving the game, but he’s higher on this list because of the fallout.

Unlike the fight because of Betances, the one Wilson’s pitch initiated actually involved players again and led to Brett Gardner going berserk on a bunch of people. Best of all, it gave us CC Sabathia enjoying the fighting and yelling so much.

Joe Girardi (arguing)

Girardi didn’t get a chance to go full Girardi on the field, in the scrum with the rest of them, as he was tossed for arguing before things got more heated. He may not have gotten ejected for fighting per se, but the spirit was certainly in him and he didn’t care about the consequences. If he was on the field there’s a chance he might have backed Aaron Judge up instead of trying to break things up.

He then ripped the umpires postgame, because apparently he felt like Thursday was a good day to get doubly fined.

Rob Thomson (arguing)

Rob Thomson really left it all out there when he went to back up Dellin Betances. Was there any way in the universe that Betances was staying on that mound? No. Did Thomson strain some vocal cords anyway? Yes, because he’s great.

This was the classic “this is my time to shine!” ejection since, with Girardi already in the clubhouse from the previous bench clearing brawl, Thomson was the only one to fight a player’s case. Knowing that your mission is fruitless but still giving your all should be applauded, especially since backup managers don’t get to do that very often.

Brad Ausmus (arguing)

There’s no real reason Ausmus should have gotten himself ejected, seeing as there was nothing he could do to prevent his pitcher from getting thrown out after hitting someone with a pitch.

His arguing ejection in the eighth seems like more of an “I’m the only manager who didn’t get kicked out yet and I should get on that” trip to the clubhouse than anything else. One positive was that while he was out in the melee he said something that set Brett Gardner off, which then resulted in Gardner endlessly screaming and being dragged off.

Tommy Kahnle (threw behind Cabrera)

Kahnle technically “started” the whole thing by throwing behind Cabrera in the first place, but he didn’t get too involved beyond that and his ejection was for the pitch, not fighting. There’s an argument to be made that this should have been a warning rather than an ejection, but once he was already tossed why not get in the thick of things?

Pitchers naturally don’t want to start throwing punches if they can avoid it (or if they can rein in their desire to fight people) and avoid injury, but he definitely could have participated with some quick kicks to the shins or a shove. Get creative, Tommy!

Dellin Betances (hit James McCann in the head with a pitch)

Betances is last here because if he didn’t mean to hit McCann in the head, then it’s just an ejection because of what came before. But if he did — and here’s hoping he truly lost control of the ball — then it’s not a fun ejection or a humorous spot of arguing. It’s just a really bad thing to do and should never happen on purpose no matter how mad you are at the other team.

Honorable mentions:

Aaron Judge

Because he should have been ejected. Just watching the video, it’s amazing he wasn’t, actually. Almost half the team had to put all their effort into dragging him off of Miguel Cabrera before things devolved further. Cabrera should send them “Thank you for saving my face and/or life” fruit baskets this weekend.

The reason he didn’t get ejected for fighting isn’t clear, but it’s likely the umpiring crew saw what it took to get him off Cabrera in the first place and decided not to risk their personal health.

Justin Verlander

Because he clearly wanted to be a part of the fight and even got mad at one of his own teammates, Victor Martinez, for fraternizing with the enemy and then that whole thing almost resulted in a fight between the two of them. During the Todd Frazier kerfuffle, he was bobbing around the edge of the fight clearly holding himself back from the satisfying feeling of entering the fray.

For whatever reason, Verlander really wanted to fight someone today, and in my opinion he shouldn’t have had such great self control because it would have been really entertaining.

The takeaway here is that some people need to make their ejections count more next time — if you’re going to get ejected anyway, milk it for all it’s worth instead of just arguing. That might mean a fine, but it also means more fun for people watching.