NL umpire Joe West's fine is reduced from $500 to $300--Braves Manager Joe Torre fined $200 to make up the difference--but West's three-day suspension stands, and will run July 19-21. The hearing by League President Chub Feeney sat well with Richie Phillips, umpires association executive; he agreed West erred in shoving Torre after a game in Atlanta June 28. Torre? He was "where he had no right to be"--on a runway to the umpires' room.
West is not the majors' first umpire suspended during season. Bill McGowan, a Silver Spring resident until his death in 1954, was docked by then AL President Will Harridge in July 1948 (for cursing Washington Senators Ray Scarborough and Eddie Stewart, and throwing a ball at Stewart) and in August 1952 for misconduct in a Tigers-Browns game in St. Louis . . .
Now, a case for AL President Lee MacPhail? Umpire Joe Brinkman, after a nasty spat with Willie Wilson Monday night in Kansas City, vowed (to a K.C. Star reporter) to eject the Royals outfielder from last night's game "even if he apologizes to me." Or any night, "Whenever he looks at me cross-eyed . . . if he shakes his head . . . if he says hello--if he apologizes--I'll run him." So what happened last night? Nil.