Sworn Statements

May 04, 2015

MLB may be experimenting with ways to speed up the pace of play, but managers are having no trouble keeping one part of the game moving: their mouths. Last week Reds manager Bryan Price went off on a prolonged, profane tirade about media coverage. Price's rant, which instantly went viral, is the latest in a long line of manager blowups—but is it the greatest? This numerical analysis of some of the highest lows in skipper swearing attempts to answer the question.

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S---s

F-bombs

Other

Misc.

Bryan Price

Reds

April 20, 2015

Hal McRae

Royals

April 26, 1993

Lee Elia

Cubs

April 29, 1983

Tommy Lasorda

Dodgers

May 14, 1978

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60

40

20

5:34 MIN

1:10 MIN

3:05 MIN

1:33 MIN

Subject: Media

Sample: "F--- me. It's a f------ disgrace. I'm f------ sick of this s---."

Curses/Min: 16.9

Subject: Media

Sample: "I'm tired of all this bulls---, guys asking stupid-ass questions."

Curses/Min: 20.6

Subject: Cubs fans

Sample: "If they're the real Chicago f------ fans, they can kiss my f------ ass right downtown."

Curses/Min: 16.5

Subject: Dave Kingman

Sample: "Jesus Christ, he beat us with three f------ home runs."

Curses/Min: 5.2

THEY SAID IT

"It's been one long boo for 15 years."

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees DH summing up his career when asked if he noticed more animosity at away games.

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