Pirates' Jason Kendall Suspended
Jul. 31, 2001
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall was suspended for two games and fined Tuesday by the commissioner's office for bumping and arguing with an umpire last week.
The players' association immediately appealed the penalty, meaning it cannot start until after a hearing before Paul Beeston, baseball's chief operating officer.
Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, disciplined Kendall for ``excessive arguing and causing contact to be made with umpire Jim Wolf in the fourth inning of the Cubs-Pirates game at Wrigley Field'' on July 24.
Television replays appeared to show that Kendall beat out a grounder to shortstop, but Wolf called him out at first.
Kendall was repeatedly restrained by first-base coach Tommy Sandt and manager Lloyd McClendon and was pulled into the dugout by McClendon.