Five disciplined for spring misdeeds
Arizona manager Bob Brenly, Phillies manager Larry Bowa and Tigers manager Alan Trammell were suspended for one game each.
All five also were fined Friday by Bob Watson, vice president in charge of discipline in the commissioner's office.
Cornejo was penalized because Watson said he intentionally threw a pitch at Philadelphia's Ricky Ledee in the sixth inning on March 29 after umpires issued a warning. Both Cornejo and Trammell were ejected.
Two innings earlier, the Phillies' David Bell was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Miguel Batista. After Madson and Bowa were ejected, Batista threw up and in to Todd Pratt leading off the fifth, causing the Toronto pitcher and manager to be ejected.
"I don't know why it came down on me," said Madson, who appealed his suspension, which was to start Friday. "We'll see what happens."
Bowa called Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, to ask about the suspensions but had not heard back Friday afternoon.
Bowa's primary concern was why he and Madson were suspended, but Batista and Toronto manager Carlos Tosca were not.
"There's a double standard there," Bowa said. "I'd like to know what the rule is."
Trammell and Bowa were penalized because of the actions of their players. Brenly was penalized for "inappropriate conduct" toward an umpire following a game against Milwaukee on March 29.
Brenly said the suspension came as a surprise.
"I will charactarize it as a misunderstanding," he said. "The umpire incorrectly read my actions to mean one thing when I actually meant something else. But it ends up as a one-day suspension nonetheless."
All three managers are to serve their penalties Saturday.
With Detroit off Friday, Cornejo's suspension was to start Saturday.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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