Tag:Hiroki Kuroda
Posted on: October 13, 2008 8:22 pm

You'd think a major fight broke out

LOS ANGELES -- Something doesn't add up with Monday's disciplinary action. Since when does $16,000 equal zero?

The first number is the total dollars in fines handed out to seven different Dodgers and Phillies in the wake of the Game 3 dustup in this National League Championship Series.

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."

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