Williams was ejected Saturday

Updated: May 14, 2004, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Houston manager Jimy Williams was suspended for one game and fined Friday after a tirade against umpires during a game in Atlanta last weekend.

Williams served the suspension Friday night, when the Astros played the Mets.

"The best thing to do is accept it for what it really is and move on," Williams said. "We have good coaches. They can handle it."

Williams was ejected from last Saturday's game after umpires ruled Atlanta's Jesse Garcia was grazed on the helmet by a pitch from Houston's Roy Oswalt.

Plate umpire Gary Darling didn't make a call but consulted with second-base umpire Rob Drake, who ruled Garcia had been hit, sparking a two-run eighth that tied the game 3-3.

Williams was livid, spinning away from Darling several times to go after Drake, and was ejected.

The Astros couldn't believe that Darling deferred to Drake on a call at home plate.

"There's no way, with a guy throwing 96 miles an hour, he can see the ball touch a guys' helmet from second base," Oswalt said after the game. "And he surely can't hear it from 90 feet away. There's probably 40,000 fans screaming and you can hear a ball hit the helmet? That's pretty good ears."

Television replays were inconclusive. Before the inning was over, bench coach John Tamargo and Oswalt also were ejected. Atlanta went on to win the game 5-4 in 10 innings.

Tamargo was also fined by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline. Oswalt escaped punishment.


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