Manuel Davidson Suspended
Published: May 19, 2012
Manuel Davidson Suspended, A heated nose-to-nose blowup between Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson has resulted in one-game suspensions for both combatants.
The two became embroiled in a loud argument Tuesday during a game between Philadelphia and the Houston Astros.
Both were to serve their suspensions Friday, MLB ruled. A minor-league ump was to fill in at a Twins-Brewers game in Milwaukee for Davidson.
Davidson, 59, was suspended for repeated violations of the standards for situation-handling, MLB said.
Manuel was ejected in the eighth inning after the Astros’ Jason Castro struck out but reached base when the ball bounced past catcher Brian Schneider. Manuel argued that Davidson inadvertently interfered with Schneider’s path to the ball, although the manager wouldn’t discuss it following the game.
Davidson had choice words for Manuel that might have shocked lip-readers.
He was known as Kid K back in the days when he struck out 20 batters in one game.
But he’s no kid anymore and now Kerry Wood is retiring.
Wood, who burst on to the scene with the Chicago Cubs in 1998, retired Friday after appearing in one last game.
“It’s one of those things where you know (it’s time to retire),” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday. “It’s the most difficult thing you ever have to deal with. Everybody has to do it. It’s a time in your life where you make that decision.”
Wood entered the game in the eight inning and struck out Chicago White Sox batter Dayan Viciedo on three pitches. (London Free Press)
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