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Phillip Wellman is the Americanmarker manager of the Mississippi Braves of the Southern League. Wellman entered professional baseball as a player in and began coaching in . Wellman attended Sam Houston State Universitymarker and Southwestern Universitymarker. Wellman is father of two children, Britnee, 20, and Brett, 17. He is married to his wife of 23 years, Montee, and they reside in a suburb in south Texas.

On June 1, , Wellman gained international attention when he went on a tirade against the umpires during a game against the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Fieldmarker. He protested the umpire throwing his pitcher out of the game for using a foreign substance by covering home plate with dirt, then tracing in the dirt a new, significantly larger home plate. He then went on to uproot base and throw them, crawl in a prone position across the infield like a soldier, and pretend to bite and hurl the rosin bag at an umpire as if it were a hand grenade. He concluded his tirade by pretending to eject the umpires themselves with a fist-pump and then blowing a farewell kiss to the crowd while taking a bow. The episode was broadcast on sports shows across the United Statesmarker and gained him wide-spread fame on the Internet.Wellman was given a three game suspension effective June 4, 2007.

The Braves reappointed Wellman manager of the Mississippi Braves on December 7, 2007.

In March 2009, ESPN showed the top-10 meltdowns in sports history and judged Wellman’s to be #1. Upon showing the clip, Hannah Storm said “and there he goes, never to be seen from again.” Co-anchor Josh Elliott added “end of his career.”However, he is still manager and on September 13, 2008, he led the Mississippi Braves to the Southern League championship beating the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 in the 10th inning of the decisive Game 5.He was also brought up to the major league Atlanta Braves team for a couple of weeks in March 2009.

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  1. http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2009/03/28/yankees-here-braves-cf-race-winding-down/


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