Guillen calls Angels manager 'a piece of garbage'

Updated: June 17, 2005, 12:40 AM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The pine tar feud was still simmering Wednesday.

A day after Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson asked the umpires to check Brendan Donnelly's glove and the Los Angeles Angels' reliever was ejected for having pine tar on it, Robinson leveled some fresh accusations.

Mike Scioscia to me is like a piece of garbage. I don't care if I get in trouble. He can go to hell.
Washington's Jose Guillen

He claimed Angels pitching coach Bud Black and manager Mike Scioscia were aware that Donnelly was using pine tar.

"Donnelly knows he's breaking the rules, believe me," Robinson said Wednesday before the final game of the three-game series. "Bud Black knows he's breaking the rules, believe me. Scioscia knows he's breaking the rules, believe me.

"But they allowed him to continue to do it. They got caught last night and they got upset about it. That's the tightrope you walk if you're going to cheat."

Told that Robinson said he and Black knew Donnelly was breaking the rules, Scioscia said, "No."

"A pitcher who would have a little pine tar on his glove is not something that you're going to go around and randomly check. It happens with a lot of pitchers in baseball and it's just been a practice that's accepted," Scioscia said, adding that will change now.

After Washington's 1-0 victory, Jose Guillen blasted Scioscia, his manager with the Angels last season.

"He was talking to me last year about respect and class and how we have to move on," Guillen said. "I don't care really much about Mike Scioscia.

"I have no respect for him any more, because I'm still hurt from what happened last year. Mike Scioscia to me is like a piece of garbage. I don't care if I get in trouble. He can go to hell."

Frank Robinson
AP photoRobinson, left, was still upset over Mike Scioscia's actions a day after their altercation.

Guillen was suspended by the Angels for the final eight regular-season games last year for throwing a temper tantrum, was kept off their postseason roster and traded in November.

The Nationals' right fielder went 5-for-13 as Washington won two of three in the series against his former teammates -- including a two-run homer during a four-run eighth inning of a 6-3 victory in the "pine tar" second game. He went 2-for-4 in the finale.

On Thursday Scioscia responded to Guillen's remarks.

"I hope Jose can move on. I hope the anger-management classes helped him," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "At some point, you have to let it go."

While Scioscia and Robinson were jawing at each other Tuesday night after Donnelly's ejection, the benches emptied and Guillen had to be restrained by teammates moments later.

"I'm so happy that I wasn't the first one to be in the middle because I don't know what would have happened there," Guillen said. "I am so happy that my teammates grabbed me and dragged me back to the dugout because if I was right in the middle, the story was going to be different."

He said that the pine tar brouhaha was "a wake-up call for me."

"I was a totally different player after that last night. I want to beat this team so bad. I can never get over what happened last year," Guillen said.

The previous night, Robinson had claimed that Donnelly also had sandpaper on the mound, but passed it off to second baseman Adam Kennedy.

"That's absolutely ridiculous," Scioscia said. "To bring Adam into it is absolutely ridiculous."

Said Kennedy: "To me it's off-the-wall, so it was kind of funny to me and not really insulting."

Donnelly was ejected in the seventh inning without throwing a pitch. Although the players from both sides came onto the field after Scioscia and Robinson began arguing, there were no punches thrown.

"To me, Scioscia overreacted," Robinson said. "He stepped over the line, and that's what fueled the whole thing."

He said the incident wasn't worth any players throwing punches, adding, "If there were any punches that were going to be thrown, it was going to be between the two managers -- because that's where the problem was."

Robinson, 69, said that was the angriest he's been at someone in uniform since his playing days.

Scioscia, 46, was more conciliatory on Wednesday, saying he had not intended any disrespect toward Robinson.

"I only wanted to prepare Frank and the umpires that what's good for the goose is good for the gander," Scioscia said.

He asked the umpires to check Washington reliever Gary Majewski's glove in the eighth inning, and they made him retie loose laces on the webbing.

Donnelly's glove has been sent to the commissioner's office, which will determine any discipline.

Donnelly, who said he has used pine tar to better grip the ball, rather than doctor it, had a new glove Wednesday.

"It's my belief that a lot of pitchers are going to go out there with newer gloves in the near future, starting today," he said.


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