Northeast baseball coach Rob Stanifer has been suspended for one year after being ejected from the Class 7A, District 10 semifinal game at Mitchell on May 1.
According to the umpire report sent to the Florida High School Athletic Association the day after the game, Stanifer and his staff were warned about arguing in the bottom of the third inning. Following a close play at first base in the top of the fourth inning, in which a Northeast player was called out, Stanifer left the dugout to argue.
The umpires conferred and agreed that the runner was out. Stanifer was warned by home plate umpire Kyle Goluba that if he argued again he would be ejected. Stanifer, according to the report, then yelled "You guys are the three blind mice out here!" Stanifer was then tossed from the game.
After the ejection, Stanifer allegedly called the umpire "Tubby." He also said "Boy, the things I would do if I got you in the parking lot. Ohhh, you would regret it."
Stanifer continued to yell at the umpires as he was being escorted from the field. He spiked his coaching helmet in the middle of the field before leaving.
Northeast lost the game 14-3.
The violation is considered Level 3 egregious unsportsmanlike conduct. Stanifer, who has been the Vikings' coach since 2012 and once pitched for the Marlins and Red Sox, is not eligible to coach again until May 2, 2019. Along with the suspension, Northeast was fined $350.
"It is what it is," Stanifer said. "In situations like that they are going to side with the officials more often than not. I will say that in 37 years of baseball that is the worst I've ever seen. I had to stick up for my team."
Stanifer said his assistant coach, Mike Woods, will act as the interim coach. Northeast principal Michael Hernandez did not immediately respond to whether Stanifer would be able to return as head coach in a year.