Manuel suspended one game by MLB
Charlie Manuel has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for his on-field confrontation with umpire Bob Davidson in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s home win over the Astros.
Manuel will serve his suspension Friday night, missing the series opener against the Boston Red Sox.
Davidson was also suspended by the commissioner’s office for “repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling.”
Cliff Lee struck out the Astros’ Jason Castro, but the ball got away from catcher Brian Schneider and when Schneider turned to run to recover it, he was delayed slightly by an obstructing Davidson.
After apparent comments by someone in the Phillies dugout, Davidson removed his mask and yelled “You think I wanted to block his ass?”
When Manuel responded, Davidson shouted back and gave him a quick hook, leading to a demonstrative, nose-to-nose argument at home plate.
Davidson, known as “Balkin’ Bob” for his penchant for calling balks, was described as an “angry old man
” by a 2011 publication evaluating umpires.
“His career ejection rate of 4.4 percent is twice the major league norm,” Andrew Goldblatt wrote in “Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010: A Comprehensive Statistical Review.”