Orioles minor league manager tosses hat into stands after ejection

As Virginian-Pilot reporter David Hall tweeted, Norfolk Tides manager Ron Johnson is developing a signature move.

Whenever an umpire ejects the skipper of the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate, Johnson tosses his hat into the crowd on his way off the field.

Tuesday, in a close game against the visiting Charlotte Knights (White Sox affiliate), Johnson again provided a souvenir for a fan at Harbor Park.

Johnson took the field to argue a neighborhood play that didn't go the Tides' way at second base. After pleading his case, he began his return trip to the dugout before snapping back in the direction of the second-base umpire, this time more aggressively. The umpire quickly signaled for his ejection, causing Johnson to stomp, point and scream.

He walked off the field with his head down, and upon reaching the infield warning track, he fired his hat over the dugout, five rows deep.

The Tides lost the game 4-3, and also lost the second end of a double-header, 3-2. They look to avoid a five-game sweep to the Knights in a game today at noon.

The team's 11-23 record is the worst in the International League.

You make the call on the force out at second that prompted Johnson's incident.

Mark Selig

Mark Selig

Mark Selig manages Ravens and football coverage for The Baltimore Sun. Mark attended the University of Maryland and covered college basketball in Virginia before moving to Missouri, where he served as an editor and columnist at a community newspaper while earning a Master’s degree in journalism.