10/12/2003 6:40 PM ET
Four fined for Game 3 conduct
Bullpen incident still under review by MLB
BOSTON -- Major League Baseball reacted swiftly in the wake of the incidents in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series -- and aimed at pocketbooks, not rosters.
Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia and Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer were each fined different amounts by MLB in sanctions announced Sunday by Vice-President of On-Field Operations Bob Watson. No suspensions were handed down.
According to the Associated Press, Martinez was fined $50,000, Ramirez $25,000, Garcia $10,000 and Zimmer $5,000.
In the wildest part of a wild series of events, Zimmer, 72, and Martinez, 31, were involved in a physical confrontation when the benches emptied in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday. After Ramirez took exception to a high pitch by Roger Clemens, players and coaches from both sides went toward the middle of the infield. Zimmer approached Martinez aggressively near the Red Sox dugout and Martinez grabbed Zimmer's head and threw him to the ground.
That fracas followed a top of the fourth in which Martinez hit Garcia with a pitch in the back and players from both sides exchanged words. Martinez made a non-verbal gesture of pointing to his head while looking at Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, presumably threatening to bean him the next time he came to the plate.
Martinez and Ramirez did not comment, as has been their custom for much of the season. Zimmer issued a tearful apology for his actions, and Garcia expressed concern about why he was fined and said he would appeal.
Said Garcia: "Once I get the fine and they explain what's going on, we'll take action from there. ... I was a little bit surprised. There's nothing I can really say."
Yankees manager Joe Torre said he was asked by the Commissioner's Office and Yankees GM Brian Cashman not to comment on the events of Game 3.
Red Sox manager Grady Little wasn't specific, but did address the fines.
"MLB is the power of this deal we've got going on right here, and they do levy fines from time to time for instances like that," he said. "Whatever they do, we abide by."
Watson handed down the fines after reviewing tapes of the incidents and consulting with the game's umpires. MLB is still reviewing the ninth-inning altercation in the Yankees bullpen involving a member of the Red Sox grounds crew and Yankees players. That incident is also under investigation by the Boston Police Department.
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig also issued a statement Sunday regarding the incidents in Game 3.
"I am very disappointed in the behavior of some of the participants in last night's game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox," the statement read. "I believe Tim McClelland and his umpiring crew did an exemplary job in dealing with the incidents last night. I have instructed the umpires and told the Clubs that any further misconduct by either team will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely."
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By John Schlegel / MLB.com