NEW YORK, MAY 31 -- Baltimore Orioles Manager Frank Robinson had his day in court with American League President Bobby Brown today, and Brown said he would wait until Friday morning before issuing a ruling on Robinson's appeal of the three-day suspension Brown gave him in connection with his ejection from Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

"We covered a wide variety of issues, including the one he was here for," Brown said after a 90-minute meeting he and Robinson had in Brown's office here. "Everything he said will be seriously weighed."

However, Robinson, who said he had been fined, did not seem hopeful his suspension would be lifted. He also didn't sound contrite about his run-in with umpire Drew Coble or particularly satisfied with the appeal process.

"I won't be managing tomorrow {Friday} night" when the Orioles begin a three-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Robinson said. "You can bet the ranch on it."

He said he had a person in mind to manage the club in his absence, but declined to say who that person would be. When Robinson missed 15 games in 1988 because of back problems, bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks served as interim manager. But first-base coach Johnny Oates also is considered a strong possibility should Robinson's suspension be upheld.

Brown penalized Robinson Wednesday for "physical contact with an umpire, use of abusive language, delay of the game and inappropriate postgame remarks to the press."

But Robinson, whose suspension would have begun Wednesday night in Minnesota if he had not appealed, said he stood by his actions, which included exchanging bumps with Coble, and by his postgame comments, during which he said Coble was a "liar," a "no-good human being" and "prejudiced" against him.

"I have no regrets," Robinson said. "I stand by my actions. I don't think I did anything really that the circumstances didn't call for. I did them and I'm man enough to take the penalty if that's what I have to do for the actions I took. . . . I'm not going to back down from any of that."

Brown also did not back down much. He said he prefers "zero" comments be made about umpires by club personnel and vice versa, but he feels compelled to take action when comments start "getting a little more personal."

Robinson, who has had a long-running feud with Coble, said earlier this week he felt he was justified in making the remarks about the umpire because, on May 21, after a game in Baltimore in which Coble ejected outfielder Joe Orsulak and then went to the Orioles dugout to admonish Robinson, Coble was reported to have said Robinson "bitches and moans more than any other manager."

Coble said Monday the comments he made May 21 had not been conveyed properly.

Robinson also has pointed out that although he made contact with Coble on Monday, Coble also made contact with him.

"It takes an unusual situation for the umpire to leave his station and go over to the dugout" as Coble did on May 21, Brown said. "And in most instances, the umpire obviously feels it's justified."

Robinson came to the hearing armed with a videotape and several newspaper clippings, but he said he knew he was facing an uphill battle.

"The system itself is not the democratic way," he said. "You're judged guilty before you get a hearing, you're sentenced before you can appeal and then you have to be heard and the person who handed down the sentence hears the appeal and you can forget it. This is not to say Dr. Brown is not understanding. It's just that it's a very difficult situation and a very difficult system to deal with."