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Mets' Anderson criticizes umpire's report in appeal hearing

NEW YORK -- Mets reserve Marlon Anderson attended a hearing
Wednesday for the appeal of his two-game suspension and was
incensed after reading umpire Dan Iassogna's account of their
recent argument.

"I thought it went good," Anderson said about the hearing. "I
addressed the lies that he said in his report."

Anderson was ejected by Iassogna for arguing a called third
strike in the ninth inning of a Sept. 15 game against the
Philadelphia Phillies. After a heated argument, Anderson threw his
batting helmet toward the plate when he reached the dugout. He also
drew a fine for the outburst.

One of the top pinch hitters in baseball, Anderson expected to
learn the outcome of his appeal by Thursday. He came off the bench
for the NL East leaders on Wednesday night against Washington and
popped out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 9-6 loss.

"I went in there today and read the report that he wrote,"
Anderson said. "It's amazing that a grown man could sit there and
lie and say the things that he said and not have to show up and
defend what he said."

He said Iassogna's report indicated that Anderson cursed the
umpire three times with a specific profanity.

"That's something that doesn't come out of my mouth. Anybody
who knows me as a person has never heard me say that. There was a
time in my life when I did use words like that. But that's no
longer what I do," Anderson said. "It's pretty sick. It makes me
sick in the stomach. I don't want that on my record. That's not who
I am."

An e-mail sent to umpires' union spokesman Lamell McMorris
seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Anderson said Iassogna ejected him from a game once before, but
they previously had a decent relationship.

Realistically, Anderson is just hoping to get a game knocked off
his suspension. Even that could be important, because New York
leads second-place Philadelphia by one game with four to play.