Lindholm: Don Zimmer’s little-discussed ejection legacy

From SABR member Scott Lindholm at Beyond the Box Score on June 5, 2014:

There used to be such a thing as “colorful” characters in baseball. Men who added something to the game that couldn’t be measured sabermetrically, or with any other metric. Typically, I have little use for such judgments as I feel they often attempt to measure something that by definition is unmeasurable, and there’s a built-in contradiction from the get-go.

Don Zimmer was one of those guys — not a particularly gifted player or manager, but still an historic one. He compiled over 3500 plate appearances in the major leagues. Not mentioned among the most brilliant managerial tacticians, he also managed four teams and over 1700 games.

Here’s my addition to the oeuvre of Don Zimmer stories — the number of times he was ejected as a player, manager or coach.

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Originally published: June 5, 2014. Last Updated: June 5, 2014.