NEW YORK -- Major League baseball has fined Joe Girardi for his reaction on Sunday night to Boston's Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez intentionally. MLB also suspended Dempster for five games for his actions.
After Rodriguez was hit on Sunday night, Girardi sprinted onto the field, screaming at home-plate umpire Brian O'Nora for not ejecting the pitcher. Girardi was tossed as the benches and bullpens emptied. Girardi said it was the most upset he's been on a baseball field.
"One of the reasons I was so upset is ... I mean that baseball is a weapon," he said. "It's not a tennis ball or it's not an IncrediBall that's soft. It's a weapon and it can do a lot of damage to someone's life."
Girardi had lobbied for Dempster to be suspended. MLB did not disclose the amount of the fine.