Martinez, Pineiro suspended
October 3, 2001
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez and pitcher Joel Pineiro were suspended and fined by the commissioner's office Wednesday for their actions at Anaheim a night earlier.
Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, suspended Pineiro for three games for throwing at and hitting Anaheim's Troy Glaus in the eighth inning after a warning had been issued.
Martinez was suspended for two games for charging the mound during the sixth inning after being hit by a pitch from Lou Pote.
Both players began serving their suspensions Wednesday night against the Angels. Neither appealed the punishments, which don't affect the postseason.
Seattle manager Lou Piniella, who also was ejected, said Pineiro's three-game suspension doesn't impact his chance of making the playoff roster. He said Pineiro would play Saturday against Texas.
Martinez didn't want to talk about the suspension or his charging the mound, but acknowledged that he had seen replays of himself losing his temper.
``Not many people have seen me like that -- me either,'' Martinez said, smiling.
It was the first career suspension for both players. Martinez has been ejected three times in his career; the others were in 1996 and 1999 for arguing balls and strikes.
Pineiro had never been ejected before.
``When you play sports in a competitive way, you cannot try to take the aggressiveness from the players,'' Seattle left fielder Stan Javier said.
What a crock!!!!!!!! This kid only gets 3 games for hitting somebody in the head for revenge!!!!! Lily got 6 games!!!!!!! Frank Robinson is scum of the earth!!!! This jackass gives Lily 6 games and Pineiro ONLY gets 3. Tell me again that Frank isn't biased against the Yankees!!!!! What a jerkoff head this guy is!!!!!