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Pirates’ Young Charges Umpire

August 1, 1998

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Kevin Young of the Pittsburgh Pirates had to be restrained by four players and coaches Saturday after charging umpire Brian Gibbons and apparently grazing Gibbons on the mouth with his hand.

If it is determined Young made contact with Gibbons during the ugly home plate argument, he will likely face a suspension lasting at least a week.

Young became angry after taking a called third strike to end the first inning of the Astros-Pirates game. He began arguing as he walked away from home plate, then rushed the umpire and poked his hand at Gibbons’ face.

As third base coach Jack Lind grabbed at Young’s ankles, trying to pull him away, Young screamed and tried to charge Gibbons again. It finally took manager Gene Lamont, first base coach Joe Jones and several players to contain Young.

As Young screamed and gestured toward Gibbons, the umpire walked away from the plate, pointing to his mouth.

Young, the Pirates’ top run producer with a .290 average, 21 homers and a career-high 76 RBIs, faced the possibility of becoming third Pirates’ player within a month to be suspended.

Catcher Jason Kendall sat out three games for fighting with the Dodgers’ Gary Sheffield, and rookie third baseman Aramis Ramirez drew a five-game suspension for charging the mound and throwing his batting helmet at Montreal pitcher Javier Vazquez.

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