04/11/2002 11:26 pm ET
Marlins' Torborg suspended two games
Manager suspended, fined for bumping ump
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins manager Jeff Torborg was suspended two games for excessive arguing and inappropriate conduct in Monday's 10-2 loss to the Montreal Expos at Pro Player Stadium.
Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Thursday.
Torborg was fined an undisclosed amount for his disputing an overruled three-run home run by Mike Lowell. Umpire Tim McClelland correctly determined Lowell's hit to left field was just foul down the left field line.
"I was really surprised," said Torborg, who thought the punishment was excessive.
The first-year Marlins manager was ejected after tossing his hat, and inadvertantly bumping into McClelland.
Torborg discussed the matter with Watson about 5 p.m. Thursday. The two will talk again Friday morning.
Barring a change of heart by MLB, Torborg's suspension begins Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Bench coach Rick Renick will handle Florida's managing duties.
Torborg was suspended and fined for bumping into McClelland. Initially, Torborg didn't think he made contact with the umpire, but he saw he did on TV replays. He also said he was punished for "inciting the crowd."
"Overturning the home run incited the crowd," Torborg said.
After the argument, the crowd tossed debris on the field.
"They said I touched the umpire," Torborg said. "I didn't think I did. But I bumped into his arm a little bit."
In addition, Watson announced a three-game suspension to Marlins pitcher Kevin Olsen for throwing at and hitting Philadelphia's Marlon Anderson on Friday, April 5. Olsen said he was fined $1,000.
Olsen said he will appeal, meaning the suspension will be put off until the appeal process is complete.
"That kid wasn't trying to hit their hitter," Torborg said of Olsen. "We don't want pitchers throwing at our guys."
Said Olsen: "The only thing I can do is appeal. I wanted to make a fastball pitch inside and I hit him."
Lowell also was slapped with a $300 fine for tossing his helmet after the overruled homer. After a seven-minute delay, Lowell bounced into an inning-ending double play. He said he was told $100 of the fine was for inciting the crowd.
Torborg believes the suspensions and fines are the league's way of cracking down on altercations.
"Maybe it's a new way of handling these situations," Torborg said.
Several Marlins were upset by the suspensions.
"That's just baseball," center fielder Preston Wilson said. "Things happen."
Joe Frisaro covers the Marlins for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.