posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 03:26 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - St. Louis outfielder Roger Cedeno was suspended for four games and Colorado reliever Steve Reed was suspended for three games Friday
for their animated run-ins with umpires. Both players also were fined undisclosed amounts.
The penalties imposed by Major League Baseball were set to begin Friday night, when the Cardinals played at Texas and the Rockies visited Tampa Bay.
If appealed, they would not take effect until hearings are held. Cedeno was suspended after spraying an umpire with spit Tuesday. Reed was penalized
after throwing glove in an umpire's direction Sunday.
Cedeno was ejected after breaking his bat on home plate after a check-swing strike against the Chicago Cubs. Plate umpire Rick Reed said Cedeno then
spat on him.
Asked if he thought it was intentional, Reed said, "Yes. ... He was pretty profane. His obscenities were pretty personal."
Cedeno thought he'd held up his swing, and Reed called it a ball. But Cubs pitcher Matt Clement appealed to third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez, who
ruled it a strike. Reed upheld Marquez's call, and Cedeno banged his bat on home plate. Umpire Bruce Dreckman tossed Steve Reed during a game between
the Rockies and San Francisco.
A.J. Pierzynski leaned his right elbow into Reed's pitch with the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 10-2 lead. Reed argued that Pierzynski didn't try
to get out of the way. Manager Clint Hurdle ran out to argue and had to shove hard to restrain Reed, who bumped Dreckman and was ejected.
Reed stayed on the field, and Colorado teammates helped Hurdle keep the pitcher separated from Dreckman. Reed threw his glove in Dreckman's direction
when he eventually walked toward the dugout.