Mets' Anderson criticizes umpire's report in appeal hearing
NEW YORK -- Mets reserve Marlon Anderson attended a hearing Wednesday for the appeal of his two-game suspension and was incensed after reading umpire Dan Iassogna's account of their recent argument.
"I thought it went good," Anderson said about the hearing. "I addressed the lies that he said in his report."
Anderson was ejected by Iassogna for arguing a called third strike in the ninth inning of a Sept. 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. After a heated argument, Anderson threw his batting helmet toward the plate when he reached the dugout. He also drew a fine for the outburst.
One of the top pinch hitters in baseball, Anderson expected to learn the outcome of his appeal by Thursday. He came off the bench for the NL East leaders on Wednesday night against Washington and popped out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 9-6 loss.
"I went in there today and read the report that he wrote," Anderson said. "It's amazing that a grown man could sit there and lie and say the things that he said and not have to show up and defend what he said."
He said Iassogna's report indicated that Anderson cursed the umpire three times with a specific profanity.
"That's something that doesn't come out of my mouth. Anybody who knows me as a person has never heard me say that. There was a time in my life when I did use words like that. But that's no longer what I do," Anderson said. "It's pretty sick. It makes me sick in the stomach. I don't want that on my record. That's not who I am."
An e-mail sent to umpires' union spokesman Lamell McMorris seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.
Anderson said Iassogna ejected him from a game once before, but they previously had a decent relationship.
Realistically, Anderson is just hoping to get a game knocked off his suspension. Even that could be important, because New York leads second-place Philadelphia by one game with four to play.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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