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19 Dodgers Suspended for Fight

May 24, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sixteen Los Angeles Dodgers’ players and three coaches were suspended by the commissioner’s office on Wednesday for going into the stands during a fight with fans at Wrigley Field on May 16.

Catcher Chad Kreuter, who was hit in the head by a fan grabbing his cap, was suspended for eight games along, with coaches Rick Dempsey, John Shelby and Glenn Hoffman. Thirteen other players were given suspensions of three to five games.

The players’ association immediately appealed all the penalties, meaning they can’t begin until after a hearing before Paul Beeston, baseball’s chief operating officer.

Pitcher Carlos Perez, outfielder F.P. Santangelo and outfielder Gary Sheffield were suspended for five games each, and pitcher Mike Fetters was given a four-game suspension.

Suspended for three games were pitchers Terry Adams, Darren Dreifort, Eric Gagne, Onan Masaoka, Alan Mills, Antonio Osuna and Chan Ho Park; catcher Todd Hundley; first baseman Eric Karros; and outfielders Geronimo Berroa and Shawn Green outfielder Geronimo Berroa.

In addition to the suspensions, which totaled 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches, all 19 individuals were fined.

``The penalties are just intolerable,″ said Gene Orza, the union’s No. 2 official. ``What would have happened to these players if they didn’t do anything? What would their reputations within the sport have been? I don’t know a manager of general manager who wouldn’t have fired them.″

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