Bullpen fight 'remains under review'

Updated: October 13, 2003, 3:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was fined $50,000 Monday by baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson for Martinez's actions in Saturday's ALCS Game 3, an unnamed Major League Baseball executive told the Boston Globe in Tuesday's editions.

The source, who requested anonymity, also disclosed that Watson fined Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez $25,000, Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia $10,000 and Yankees coach Don Zimmer $5,000.

Watson did not cite specific reasons for the fines.

"I'm very disappointed in the behavior of some of the participants in [Saturday] night's game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

"I have instructed the umpires and told the clubs that any future misconduct by either team will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely."

Garcia, who also injured a knuckle in a fight in the Yankees' bullpen in the ninth inning, was to be replaced in Sunday's New York's lineup by Juan Rivera.

Watson, who was in Florida, reviewed tapes of the game that turned ugly after Martinez threw a pitch at Garcia's head in the fourth inning and it nicked the batter's shoulder.

Garcia made a hard slide at Boston second baseman Todd Walker later in the inning, causing players to come out of the dugout.

Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Ramirez took offense to a pitch by Roger Clemens that was slightly inside at most, then started yelling and walking toward the mound, bat in hand. The benches and bullpens emptied, and Zimmer charged at Martinez, who threw the 72-year-old coach to the ground.

Watson said the bullpen fight involving Garcia, Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and a member of Boston's grounds crew, Paul Williams, is "under review."

Boston police spokeswoman Mariellen Burns said Saturday that assault charges could be filed against the two players. On Sunday, Watson said it was unclear if he or police would make the determination on the bullpen fight.

"Because it's the playoffs, I think the commissioner will end up having the final say so," Watson said.

Reached at his home in Milwaukee, Selig would not comment beyond the statement other than to say he's "monitoring the situation."

With tension high, it was possible umpires could warn both teams that additional misconduct could lead to quick ejections.

"That's something that's at the discretion of the umpires," said Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office.

Yankees president Randy Levine argued with Alderson after Saturday's game, claiming security was insufficient. Alderson disagreed.

"We'll review what happened last night with the Red Sox and the Boston Police Department," Alderson said. "If there are any adjustments, I don't expect them to be major."

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Martinez should have been arrested for throwing Zimmer to the ground.

"If that happened in New York we would have arrested the perpetrator,'' Bloomberg said. "Nobody should throw a 70-year-old man to the ground, period. ... You just cannot assault people, even if it's on a baseball field."

In Miami, Cubs manager Dusty Baker said the tension was understandable.

"Everybody's on edge," Baker said. "That could happen to anybody at any time."


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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