Originally Posted by George Anderson
Keep in mind in both these instances the players could have been automatically ejected as per the rule book for their behavior. As I have stated before, the umpires were the good guys here and practiced "preventive umpiring" by trying to diffuse a situation to keep them in the game. If your part of the crowd that doesn't appreciate this kind gesture on the part of the umpires then lets return to the old days where the players were dumped immediately without warning, no questions asked.
I'd prefer they just eject them and avoid the theatrics then. I think the automatic ejection for arguing balls and strikes is kind of weak and intended as a weapon that the ump can use to nip extended arguments in the bud and not so much that it should be automatic. With that in mind, when the umpire is the one taking the argument to the player, it kind of defeats the purpose of the whole thing and its certainly not nipping anything in the bud.
If the ump isn't going to be satisfied until he provokes the situation to its conclusion (which is the ejection) then just eject the guy and get it over with.