LOS ANGELES -- Something doesn't add up with Monday's disciplinary action. Since when does $16,000 equal zero?
The second number is the total ejections from the hollering match that started when Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda buzzed a fastball in the general vicinity of Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino's head.
This is a gross overreaction from baseball's discipline office.
It also is a prime example of how well things can go when they're actually handled on the field.
Umpire Mike Reilly and his crew did an excellent job of restoring order -- as did the coaching staffs from both teams.
And yet the Dodgers' Larry Bowa is slapped with a $500 fine by baseball's discipline czar, Bob Watson?
And Philadelphia's Davey Lopes gets $1,000?
"You'd think a major brawl happened," Lopes said during batting practice before Game 4. "He must have seen something on ESPN I didn't see."
Both managers, the Dodgers Joe Torre and the Phillies Charlie Manuel, also thought the fines were excessive. Especially because, again: No ejections. No punches throwing. Nothing but some screaming and hollering.
"They had total control of the situation," Lopes said of the umpires. "That's what I don't understand. All I said was, 'Play the game!'
"From (Watson's) perspective watching on TV, I guess they thought I was trying to incite a riot. ... I don't know. Who cares, it's over. He has a job to do. You can believe me or your lying eyes. He knows what it means."