Duncan suspended for two games and fined
NEW YORK -- Dodgers first base coach Mariano Duncan was suspended for two games and fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for his actions against in a game against Arizona, which included a memorable hat-throwing protest.
The suspension began with Friday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. His replacement was bench coach Dave Jauss.
"It bothers me, because as a coach, I want to be on the field and to the best I can for the ballclub. But now I've got to sit down and watch the game," said Duncan, who did his regular pregame work after speaking with reporters.
Duncan was in the dugout when he was ejected by third base umpire Angel Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the first inning of the Diamondbacks' 8-3 win Monday. The Dodgers were complaining from the dugout after Hernandez ruled that Arizona's Luis Gonzalez and Chad Tracy had checked their swings. Manager Grady Little came out to argue, then went to the dugout and Duncan came charging out after getting the thumb from Hernandez.
"I didn't say anything," Duncan said. "I didn't even know who got thrown out of the game when Angel pointed his finger. And when Grady told me I was the one, I tried to go out there and defend myself and ask him why. But he didn't give me any explanation.
"What really bothers me about the whole situation is the report that the second base umpire, (crew chief) Randy Marsh sent to the league about me," Duncan said. "I mean, I had a lot of respect for that guy when I played and I picked him as one of the best umpires in the league. And for him to write that kind of report against me ... I mean, everybody in baseball that saw that situation the other night knows that Mr. Angel Hernandez was wrong."
Marsh kept a livid Duncan away from Hernandez. As he finally left, Duncan threw his hat at the umpire. Hernandez tossed it to a fan in the first row.
Duncan then poked fun at himself before Tuesday night's game, delivering the lineup card to the umpires at home plate with his cap taped to his head. But the seriousness of the suspension changed his mind about that.
"Why did he give the hat to the fan? That equipment belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It doesn't belong to Mr. Hernandez. I'm going to wait and see what's going to happen with that," Duncan said.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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