Pads' Bradley fined, not suspended in blow-up with umpire

Updated: October 5, 2007, 8:02 PM ET
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San Diego Padres outfielder Milton Bradley was fined but not suspended for his role in an on-field confrontation with umpire Mike Winters.

The confrontation left Bradley with an injured knee and the umpire suspended for the rest of the season.

Milton Bradley
AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziBud Black's success in holding back Milton Bradley from going after an umpire means Bradley won't be suspended by MLB.

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, said Friday that Bradley was not suspended "because no contact was made" during the eighth-inning screaming match at San Diego on Sept. 24. The Padres lost to Colorado 7-3.

Bradley's manager, Bud Black, wrestled Bradley to the ground as he was trying to get at Winters. In the process, Bradley sustained torn ligaments in his knee that required surgery and was lost for the season.

He didn't play in the Padres' 13-inning loss to the Rockies in the NL wild-card tiebreaker.

"He didn't make contact with the guy, thanks to his manager," Watson said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "If his manager hadn't gotten him, we're talking a whole different situation."

Watson, who attended Thursday's AL Division Series game in Cleveland between the New York Yankees and the Indians, said MLB had already decided on discipline for Bradley, but declined to address whether Bradley had been fined for the incident, The Times reported.

Winters was suspended for the remainder of the season and the playoffs after MLB determined he had used a profanity aimed at Bradley.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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