Spokesman: No suspensions expected

Major League Baseball is not expected to issue disciplinary action against umpire Paul Schrieber following his altercation with Tigers manager Jim Leyland Wednesday night stemming from a bizarre scene in which Schrieber put his hand on Magglio Ordonez to try to direct him back towards the dugout following a disputed third strike.

Pat Courtney, Major League Baseball’s vice president for media relations, said in an email Thursday afternoon that the incident and surrounding statements had been examined.

“It was reviewed,” Courtney said. “[Schrieber] issued an apology pre-game and the matter is considered closed.”

Courtney said he believed that included all parties involved, including Leyland.

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Strange way for me to watch this series. I had to work on site today which meant I had to get up at 4:30 AM so I turned last night’s game off at 12:30 AM which meant I got 4 hours of sleep then got up and checked the final score in the pre-dawn hours with my cup of coffee. Easy to see what had happened in the 13th just from the score, just missing the whos and wheres. So today I DVR’d the game and started watching when I got home. After the Twins took the 6-5 lead, I put in on fast forward and watched the final two innings in super speed. Less painful that way.
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Two more trips to this hell hole.
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I think the bullpen just got used up last night. I couldn’t see leaving Verlander in but I was worried that Seay wouldn’t have it today. Leyland has messed up Miner so that left the new guy, French. Tough call. As it was, they didn’t hit the ball very hard in getting those runs. Typical Twins-in-the-dome game. Best to just put it behind us and move on, as it’s only mid-May.
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Leyland finally put a play on today in the 6th and of course it opened the floodgates for a 5-run inning. I can’t fathom how he’s allowed all those DPs to happen the past few days. Even one strategic play at any point during last night’s marathon could have won the game for us. He is appearing very tired looking, too. Sorry ol’ guy, but this team requires hands on game management. Maybe if Maggs starts hitting and Guillen and Thames return and produce, then you can sit back and watch.
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Interesting little “battle of wits” (ha!) between JL and Gardenhire, the one you all were discussing. Breslow blew Larish away last Wednesday in Detroit, so JL sends up Raburn. Gardy counters with his righty so JL replaces Raburn with Anderson. Like a chess game where you’re swapping pieces and everyone knows the outcome before the swapping is even begun. JL gets Anderson in against the righty, and Gardy makes JL use up a player in a close game after an all-night marathon. Nobody really comes out on top.
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Schrieber apologized so that matter is closed. Although it did cost us our manager for the remainder of that game………….draw your own conclusions there.
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–Rich

Justin Verlander said “Managers always talk about how it’s probably more frustrating to manage than it is to play, because you have a part in the game. Once I’m out of the game, there’s really nothing I can do about it. I’m just a fan.”
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This one caught my eye. I’ve played, I’ve managed, and I’ve been a player-manager, but it is indeed the most frustrating to be a FAN. All you can do is yell at your TV, tick off your spouse, scare the children, and send the pets scampering. Here’s to us fans. :-)
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–Rich

Is there anything worse in baseball than being swept by the Twins? I’m sure there is but I can’t think of anything right now. The Twins just seem like they play smarter, not more talented but smarter. I don’t mean to be disrespectful of our guys but that’s how I see it. The Twins always seem to control the tempo of the game and always seem to turn it on when they need it. It’s uncanny……Yea!!! the Wings won!!!!!……….ok back to my comments.
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My thought on the umpire. Schrieber was out of line pushing Maggs. He’s the umpire for crying out loud!!!!! He is paid to act professionally. He didn’t just touch Maggs and he also didn’t thrust his hand into Maggs’ back, but he definitely placed his hand on his back and pushed him in such a way as to guide him in the direction of the dugout. Demeaning and disrespectful. What, did he leave his brain in the hotel? How about docking the part of his salary that his brain was in line to earn, cause it apparently didn’t show up for the game. Then JL looked like a regular cartoon jumping around and wildly pointing at various invisible things. The whole scene was bazaar.
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What JL should have done was calmly walk out to Schrieber and say, “You don’t do that to one of my players. It’s against the rules and it’s demeaning. Now I expect a genuine apology to Magglio or we’re going to have this incident reviewed by baseball. You were out of line” And then just as calmly, walk back to the dugout.
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One small point I wanted to comment on about last night’s game(which I didn’t see the sorry finish of) was that in the 8th inning when the Tigers had the 2 run lead and a chance to add on, Curtis led off and got on base. And with the knuckleballer pitching they had Polanco sac bunt. That was a wasted sac. Why didn’t they just give Curtis the straight steal? What is Dickey, a fastball knuckler or something? Then they could have had Polanco bunt him to 3rd. Then a simple sac fly would have scored him and given them a 3 run lead. Maybe THAT would have held up. Anybody else think about that at the time? It’s the little things…….

Just sad that those games couldn’t have been won by team. They had them. Lyon? Not impressing me so far this entire season.

I liked Nate. Too bad he may be in the dog house. If he can’t pitch.. then bring up some canons who can.
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I’m having a hard time buying the explanation that Nate is injured. If he really was injured, why wasn’t he placed on the DL when he was first injured? They would have had the extra arm for this series. If management is covering for Nate being punished in some way, then they really blew it by not replacing him. I don’t know, personally I hate conspiracy theories, but something doesn’t seem right here. They could have used Nate in this series, and he could have been pitching in real meaningful situations. It might have boosted his confidence, brought him back into the family as the prodigal so to speak. So he’s either 1. really injured which points to some kind of communication breakdown(screw up), 2. not pitching well enough to use(which makes no sense), or 3. he’s being punished at the expense of the team’s success. If I’m missing the obvious please enlighten.

Well regarding the umpire – in my opinion it wasn’t right – however I don’t believe that the was he touched him was all that terrible either. I think that like a man he apologized even if it wasn’t his idea, and like men they accepted the apology and the matter is over. No fines, no suspensions as far as I am concerned. (Unless of course this is a habit of his) If you follow the letter of the law Magglio isn’t supposed to argue balls and strikes (even though he had a point). Although I think the strike zone was worse in Thursdays debacle.
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Regarding the game the only thing that made me feel even a little better was watching the WINGS win last night. But as I was watching yesterdays game (and really the whole series) It just seemes like 10 run leads aren’t enough. While Justin held up his end of the bargin, his fellow pitchers looked horrible. Bobby hasn’t been himself two night in a row, and Miner well not himself either. The last two days unforntunately reminded me of last year ya know???? I hope our pen is what we saw for the last month and not what we saw the last two days.
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And I don’t think that Lyon in the end of a 13 inning game is the guy to hang out. Pitchers are accustomed to throwing a certian number of pitches and he probably nearly doubled it. And if it didn’t happen that inning (Leyland said today) Santiago would of been the next pitcher in, it would of happened in the 14th. The problems started way back in the 7th when Joel gave up that homer to Kubel because he threw a cookie right down the middle and Kubel didn’t miss it.
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Going to game tonight – hope it works out better.

I dislike conspiracy theories too, Marty. If you haven’t ready Jason’s story on it, here’s the link:.
http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090514&content_id=4726574&vkey=news_det&fext=.jsp&c_id=det
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This all sounds perfectly plausible to me, especially when you include Nate’s own comments. If anything was done wrong at all, it would have been missing the opportunity to DL him when Willis was activated, rather than DFA-ing Rincon. Of course, that would have set off a completely different set of conspiracy theories. As it turned out, it was a perfect case of baseball Murphy’s law. Who would think that this very night would be the one where we used every pitcher we had and could have used Rincon? Baseball being such a funny game, Juan probably would have shut down the Twins (his old team) entirely.
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The sad part is that Lyon is taking the hit on this, and Leyland for using him so long. There was no choice. Just one of those things.
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We’re still in first place here. The world hasn’t ended. I hope they finish up their stretching routine with Perry soon, because it’s obvious we need every available arm for game situations.
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–Rich

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