Leyland fined, suspended 1 game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Wednesday.
MLB cited Leyland for inappropriate and aggressive conduct during the bottom of the third inning of Monday night's game against Tampa Bay. The manager was ejected during an argument in which Leyland said he accidentally sprayed second base umpire Marty Foster with sunflower seeds.
"You take your medicine and move on," Leyland said. "Whether you always agree with it or not, you honor the system. It's behind us. Move forward."
Leyland also argued in close quarters with crew chief Gary Cederstrom, who stepped between him and Foster.
"The way I understood it, the suspension really had nothing to do with the argument," Leyland said. "It was more Cederstrom and I."
Leyland was scheduled to serve his suspension Wednesday night when the Tigers play the Rays.
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