Tigers, Twins receive fines for actions
In addition, Bonderman suspended for role in activities
DETROIT -- The discipline from Thursday's tensions between the Tigers and Twins came down quickly Friday, with two Tigers suspended and four fined.
Reliever Jeremy Bonderman, whose ninth-inning fastball off Twins hitter Delmon Young earned him an immediate ejection, was suspended for three games and fined $1,500. His discipline is on hold while he appeals.
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who was serving as manager when Bonderman threw the pitch, was suspended for a game and fined $1,000. He missed Friday's game against the White Sox.
Manager Jim Leyland, who was ejected a few innings earlier when Jose Mijares' pitch behind Adam Everett prompted home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez to warn both sides, was fined $500. So was catcher Gerald Laird, who was ejected for arguing with Hernandez after Bonderman was thrown out.
Most of those were expected, though the Tigers were somewhat surprised that McClendon was suspended after he wasn't ejected from the game.
"That's the way it goes," McClendon said.
They were more surprised, however, that Mijares was fined $750 but not suspended. Both the Twins and Tigers blamed his pitch behind Everett's shoulders for escalating tensions and prompting Bonderman's retaliation against Young.
Leyland was ejected, he said Friday, for arguing with Hernandez as to why Mijares wasn't simply ejected immediately instead of warnings being issued.
"I'll leave it at saying, and I mean this, this was nothing more than a great series with, for some unknown reason, a foolish pitch by one of the Minnesota Twins pitchers," Leyland said. "That's all it was. There was no problem the entire series. There never has been with the Twins. By their own admission, their pitcher made a mistake, and I'm just sad to see the Tigers pay so much more for the mistake than the guy that created the mistake, and I'll leave it at that. ...
"This has nothing to do with Delmon Young or Joe Mauer or Ron Gardenhire or Nick Punto or anything. I don't think I've ever been as shocked in my baseball life as I was when [Mijares] threw that pitch."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.