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BURGER BYTES: Art of Arguing with the Umpire

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Manager ejections are just one of the many things that make baseball great.

But managers need to know when to argue and when to hold back. Arguing balls and strikes is an automatic ejection, but there's also certain "magic words" that will get you tossed.

Birmingham Barons manager Julio Vinas is an expert in the art of arguing with the umpire.

"If you don't have passion for the game, then you shouldn't be in the game," Vinas said.  "I carry a lot of passion. I've had some good tosses.  It's just part of it. I can't say that i enjoy it, because I wish they would get every call right."

In one game last season, Vinas was so irritated, he stood nose-to-nose with the ump, choice words were spoken, and we all know how this will end.  Every. Single. Time.

"You really can't win them, because you're going to be tossed eventually," Vinas said.  "But there is a lot of good things that come of it.

"One, the umpire knows you're strongly disagreeing with one of many calls that he's made that night. Two, a lot of times it gives a team a boost because they know you're backing them up."

But the argument didn't end there, after he spiked the helmet, Vinas ejected the umpire.
    
"That one where I threw the umpire out was a pretty hefty fine," Vinas said.  "Usually is about $35 and can be up to $300."

So what is it like to have an "in the heat of the moment" discussion with vinas?

Kyle Burger suited up in full umpire gear to find out.  Watch the video above.

By: Kyle Burger - Follow on Twitter @kyle_burger
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