Every person in professional sports likes to leave a legacy behind once their days in the game are done. Some legacies are great and some aren’t. For minor league manager Joe Mikulik, what his legacy in the game will be is up for debate. If you like watching managers completely lose their cool at umpires, then it’s legendary.
Mikulik already has two memorable moments on his resume while arguing calls on the field, but this one may take the cake. He’s now the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He disagreed with a call at the plate in the fifth inning of a 9-1 loss to Salem Red Sox, and wouldn’t leave until he got his point across. That included getting comfortable by taking his jersey and spikes off in the process.
This argument starts like any other. His excessive finger-pointing and likely some magic words led to his ejection. Mikulik has never been one to not get his money’s worth, and his rant went into overdrive once he got the boot. Outside of him physically taking off his clothes and placing them at home plate, my favorite part included his two separate slides into home so he could specifically show why the umpire’s call was wrong.
His prior to blowups came while managing the Asheville Tourists, the Single-A affiliate for the Colorado Rockies. This one happened in 2006:
And this one happened in 2012:
Clearly, his go-to move is acting out the play again while he argues.
You’d never know it from these rants, but Mikulik has been a very successful minor league manager. He won over 800 games with the Tourists during his time with the organization, was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the year three times and is also in the SAL Hall of Fame. He’s been coaching at the Single-A level for a long time, showing he has a knack for developing young talent.
However, it’s these kinds of rants that have given him the most exposure in the baseball world. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on who you ask. He can make any game exciting if he goes off the deep end, but I wonder if he has any high blood pressure issues.