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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fines for all in wake of balk call

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Associated Press

NEW YORK Umpire Joe West, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Mark Buehrle were fined by Major League Baseball yesterday in the wake of their balk flap.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press there weren't any suspensions. The amount of the fines was not known.

Guillen and Buehrle were ejected by West on Wednesday for arguing a pair of balk calls in Chicago's 5-4 win over Cleveland. Guillen was tossed for arguing the first balk. An inning later, Buehrle threw his glove to the ground after another balk call and had to be restrained.

"I didn't say anything. I didn't touch anybody. I didn't do anything to cause anything," Buehrle said before last night's game at Tampa Bay.

"I figured there was going to be a fine because no matter what, you get tossed from a game no matter what it is, there's always a fine. That's what I assumed I was getting. If I was getting suspended, I think I would have been surprised, yeah."

West is the head of the umpires' union. He was penalized after his publicist revealed West's schedule and told the media the veteran umpire was available to revisit April comments about the New York Yankees and Boston playing so slowly.

Asked about the fine before last night's game between Kansas City and Red Sox at Fenway Park, he said: "I will say that's none of your business."

Guillen was away from the White Sox for a day to attend his son's high school graduation in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Guillen unleashed a profanity-filled tirade about West after the ejections, saying, "sometimes he thinks people pay to watch him umpire." The manager said he argued because he thought West was showing up Buehrle.

"He's the type of guy that wants to control the game, and to me is one of the best umpires in the game, no doubt," Guillen added.


Giants: San Francisco is in discussions to sign Pat Burrell to a minor league contract, a deal that could be completed in the next couple of days. The 33-year-old Burrell, the former Phillies slugger who grew up in the Bay Area, was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15. He was hitting .202 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 24 games this season.

Pirates: Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton, who leads the majors in losses, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with right shoulder fatigue. The 26-year-old Morton is 1-9 with a 9.35 ERA in 10 starts. His nine losses and 45 earned runs allowed lead the majors.

Rays: Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford and manager Joe Maddon have been fined an undisclosed amount but escaped suspensions after being ejected from a game earlier this week. Crawford and Maddon were tossed during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against Boston for arguing about a pitch that umpire Bob Davidson called a strike.