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Craig Counsell’s first ejection as Cubs manager is a bit of a strange one

2 weeks agoTony Andracki

One of the most popular terms used to describe Craig Counsell is “even-keeled.”

He doesn’t ride the roller coaster, doesn’t often get too high or too low.

But there comes a time that any manager will lose his cool and find himself ejected from a game.

Counsell indeed racked up his first ejection as the Cubs skipper during his team’s 2-0 loss Monday night in Atlanta, but it’s hard to say he lost his cool.

In total, it was a pretty anti-climactic ejection.

It was a tense point in the game, as Shota Imanaga faced the reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th inning of a 0-0 game.

On a 2-1 offering from Imanaga, Acuña offered at a pitch below the zone and was able to check his swing, first base umpire Junior Valentine ruled.

[WATCH: Counsell explains his side of the ejection]

Counsell voiced his displeasure and was on the top step of the Cubs dugout on the third base side of the field. Valentine was all the way on the other end of the field by first base — some 200 or so feet away — but in a matter of seconds, Counsell found himself with an early exit.

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Jon “Boog” Sciambi broke it down perfectly on the Marquee Sports Network broadcast:

“Craig Counsell ejected for the first time as manager of the Cubs from long distance,” Sciambi said.

“It’s not like he was barking at him all night,” Jim Deshaies chimed in.

Acuña ended up flying out to end the inning and Imanaga ended his night with 5 shutout innings, though he did walk 3 and allow 7 hits. The Braves touched up reliever Hayden Wesneski for a pair of 2-out runs in the bottom of the 6th inning for the only tallies of the game.

Counsell was ejected 28 times in his 9 years as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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