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Cedeno ejected, expects fine
06/09/2004 12:46 AM ET
CHICAGO -- Roger Cedeno expects to be disciplined following his ejection from Tuesday night's Cardinals-Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

Cedeno, angry at what he believed were two incorrect strike calls, slammed his bat against home plate and was ejected by home plate umpire Rick Reed. So Taguchi replaced Cedeno with an 0-2 count and struck out -- though the strikeout was charged to Cedeno.

Reed said that he will file a report to the league office regarding Cedeno's behavior.

"Whatever he had in his mouth, those contents landed on me," said Reed, the crew chief of the umpiring crew working the series between the two rival teams.

"He broke his bat on the plate. He was very violent, I believe. He was unprofessional. He was given chances to calm down. He chose not to."

Cedeno felt the ejection was unwarranted.

"I broke my bat, but after every at-bat I hit my bat on home plate like that," he said. "I was very excited at that moment and did it a little harder. I don't mean it. They threw me out."

Cedeno and manager Tony La Russa both said they expect a fine for Cedeno. It is unclear whether any further punishment will follow.

"There will be a penalty for being ejected," said Reed. "Anything else with the extracurriculars will be addressed also."

The Cardinals and Cubs play again at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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