Pitcher fined for throwing over Bagwell's head

Updated: October 21, 2004, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals right-hander Julian Tavarez appealed his $10,000 fine for throwing a pitch over the head of Houston's Jeff Bagwell during the NL championship series.

Julian Tavarez
Relief Pitcher
St. Louis Cardinals
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The players' union filed the appeal Thursday before Game 7 of the NLCS. St. Louis general manager Walt Jocketty said he was not aware of it.

Tavarez was penalized after a meltdown in Game 4 at Houston. He gave up a go-ahead run to Carlos Beltran, then threw a pitch over Bagwell. At the end of the inning, the reliever punched a bullpen phone during a dugout tantrum and broke his left hand.

Wearing a special splint to protect the hand inside his glove, Tavarez pitched two hitless innings and got the win in Game 6 Wednesday, a 6-4 victory in 10 innings that evened the NLCS.

After the victory, Tavarez was in a joking mood.

"I'm going to pay my fine when Pedro Martinez pays his fine," Tavarez said.

Martinez was fined a total of $50,000 after last year's ALCS. The Boston pitcher threw over the head of New York's Karim Garcia, taunted the Yankees by pointing at his head and threw down New York bench coach Don Zimmer during a bench-clearing brawl.

Martinez appealed, and a hearing was held during spring training. His fine was split into four parts -- he was docked $10,000 for the Garcia pitch, and that portion was upheld.

Part of Martinez's fine was reduced. Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson said it was cut by about $10,000-$15,000, and recalled that was because it was determined Zimmer made the first move toward Martinez.

Told of Tavarez's playful remark, Watson laughed Thursday.

"You can tell Mr. Tavarez that Pedro paid up in full," he said.

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