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Padres coach Muser suspended for arguing with ump

7/20/2006 - MLB San Diego Padres

NEW YORK -- San Diego Padres bench coach Tony Muser was
suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball on
Thursday for his actions during Sunday's game against the Braves.

Muser and San Diego manager Bruce Bochy were ejected in the
sixth inning of the Padres' 10-5 loss after Atlanta's Chipper Jones
checked his swing with one out. On appeal, third base umpire Ed
Hickox ruled that Jones didn't swing.

Home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman then ripped off his mask and
began walking toward the Padres' dugout while exchanging words,
apparently with Muser, who was tossed. Both Muser and Bochy came
out to argue, and Bochy eventually was ejected. Bochy kept arguing
and had to be restrained by first base umpire Gary Darling.

Dreckman ejected Braves right-fielder Jeff Francoeur and manager
Bobby Cox in the next inning.

Muser, who managed the Kansas City Royals from 1997-2002, is
scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday when the Padres face
the Giants in San Francisco.