NEW YORK Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was suspended for two games and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and San Diego hitting coach Wally Joyner were penalized one game Friday after recent arguments with umpires.
Major League Baseball also fined all three undisclosed amounts. There is no formal appeal process for suspended managers and coaches they can ask baseball to take a second look if they believe special conditions exist.
Girardi was suspended for kicking dirt on plate umpire Chris Guccione in the ninth inning of Thursday night's 2-1 win over Baltimore. Girardi disputed a foul tip that became strike three on Jason Giambi and drew his first ejection as Yankees manager, twice throwing his hat and kicking it.
After the game, Girardi said he did not think he did anything that warranted a suspension. He said he was "shocked" to learn he would be sitting out Friday night's home game against Seattle.
"I think if you feel there's an extenuating circumstance you can appeal it, but because of cameras and photos, the dirt clearly goes on his shoe. But that was not my intent," Girardi said. "You're not allowed to make contact with them, so maybe that's considered contact."
"I think the culture of life has changed. You know, I think respect has always been a huge thing in our world, but I think people tend to think that other people are disrespecting them more than it really happens, and I think that has become a big part of our society," he said.
Girardi said he did not consider submitting his own report about the incident to MLB.
"The report is not going to do me a whole lot of good, in a sense. It's not going to keep me from not sitting out tonight," he said. "You move on. I think I made my point."
Baker made contact with umpire Eric Cooper during a dispute in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 8-2 loss at San Diego. The suspension was set to start Friday night as the Reds continued their series against the Padres.
Baker had gone onto the field after Cincinnati's Edwin Encarnacion was ejected by Cooper for arguing a called third strike. Baker wound up getting ejected by Cooper, too.
Joyner was penalized for coming on the field to argue Wednesday against St. Louis. The former All-Star was scheduled to serve his suspension Friday night.