NEW YORK, JULY 5 -- In one of the biggest suspensions in baseball history, eight players -- four each from Milwaukee and Seattle -- and Brewers Manager Tom Trebelhorn were benched by American League President Bobby Brown for last week's brawl at The Kingdome.
Spokeswomen for the American and National leagues said their research showed no larger suspensions. Five players and both managers were suspended following a prolonged fight between Atlanta and San Diego in 1984.
Trebelhorn and Milwaukee pitcher Bob Sebra each received five-game suspensions. Coach Don Baylor filled in for Trebelhorn during today's 4-3 victory over Oakland.
Brewers Gary Sheffield, Mike Felder and B.J. Surhoff each were suspended for three games and fined $300. Seattle's Tracy Jones, Gene Harris, Randy Johnson and Jeff Schaefer received three-game suspensions.
Every player except Sebra, who was sent to the minors Wednesday, has filed an intent to appeal and is eligible to play until a hearing.
Sebra's suspension will take effect if he returns to the major leagues. Trebelhorn did not contest his penalty.
"I look at it as though I could appeal it, but once you're dead, you're dead and I don't need a funeral," said Trebelhorn, who denied he directed any of his pitchers to throw at Mariners batters.
A league spokeswoman said Brown would not comment while appeals are pending.
The 28-minute fight began when Sebra hit Jones with a pitch, which he later said was deliberate. The brawl spilled onto several parts of the field and Schaefer body-slammed Trebelhorn, who had a cut forehead.
Suspended players on both sides said they were suprised by the severity of the penalties.
"I'm shocked," Felder said. "I looked for a fine, but don't think I did anything to be suspended for. I think it's ridiculous to get suspended and I didn't even hit anybody."
Harris, in Cleveland for a game against the Indians, said: "I thought I was protecting myself and I get thrown out. That's the only reason I was out there."
Mariners Manager Jim Lefebvre said the club was "disappointed."
"But . . . I respect Dr. Brown's position, because it's a tough call," he said. "He has to put an end to this. I just want to get it behind us and move on. It's an unfortunate situation. We all knew something had to be done, and it had to be severe to end this thing once and for all."