10/10/2002 01:27 am ET
Watson to review Game 1 incident
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president of on-field operations, said he would review films of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series before deciding whether disciplinary measures would be taken against players involved in a bench-clearing incident Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Watson, who attended the game with Ralph Nelson, MLB's vice president in charge of umpires, was sitting in the front row along the first-base line when San Francisco's Kenny Lofton exchanged words with St. Louis pitcher Mike Crudale and catcher Mike Matheny after a Crudale's neck-high fastball pushed Lofton off the plate with two outs in the fifth and San Francisco leading 7-1. Lofton had homered on his previous at bat.
"We reviewed the films tonight and we're going to look at them again tomorrow before any decisions are made," Watson said. "Until I have another look I really can't comment on what we may or may not do."
Watson could decide to suspend one or more players or take no action at all.
Players are automatically suspended for charging the mound, but Watson said as far as he could tell Lofton did not charge the mound. Both benches emptied, and players from both bullpens behind the outfield fence ran towards the home plate area. It did not appear any punches were thrown.
"We'll know more tomorrow," Watson said. "We want to look at all the film and make sure of what actually happened before we make a decision."
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.