George Brett, Gaylord Perry and their Kansas City Royals manager and coach have been ejected from the suspended pine-tar game against the New York Yankees, if it has to be replayed, the American League announced yesterday.
AL President Lee MacPhail said the two players, Manager Dick Howser and coach Rocky Colavito, also will be fined an undisclosed amount.
The dispute began when umpires disallowed Brett's two-run homer in the ninth inning July 24 at Yankee Stadium because there was excessive pine tar on the bat. The ruling made Brett the final out of the game.
Last week, MacPhail overruled the umpires and reinstated the home run, which put Kansas City ahead, 5-4. MacPhail then said the game was suspended and that it would be completed after the season ends if it affects either team's pennant chances . . .
Vida Blue, American League Cy Young Award winner and most valuable player in 1971, was released by the Kansas City Royals. He was replaced by Eric Rasmussen of the team's AAA affiliate in Omaha.
Blue, 34, 0-5 with a 6.01 ERA, is in the fifth year of a six-year contract in which he reportedly is paid $800,000 a year.