Angels Suspend Guillen Without Pay
Sep. 27, 2004
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Angels left fielder Jose Guillen was suspended for the rest of the season and possibly the playoffs Sunday for his outburst after being lifted for a pinch runner a day earlier.
Guillen was informed of the club's decision after batting practice, when the Angels closed their clubhouse for 75 minutes. Anaheim said he was being suspended without pay.
``He was obviously not happy with the decision,'' Anaheim general manager Bill Stoneman said. ``Unfortunately, this was not the first time something has cropped up with Jose.''
Guillen was hit by a pitch to open the eighth inning of Saturday's 5-3 victory over Oakland. Angels manager Mike Scioscia sent Alfredo Amezaga in to pinch run.
Guillen walked off the field as the A's changed pitchers, tossed his helmet toward the side of the dugout Scioscia was standing in and walked to the opposite side of the dugout before entering. He tossed his glove against the wall.
Scioscia downplayed the incident, as did Guillen after the game.
Guillen, who signed a $6 million, two-year contract during the offseason, went on a profanity-laced tirade after being beaned in a game at Toronto in May, complaining that his teammates weren't retaliating on his behalf. Anaheim pitcher Jarrod Washburn was annoyed Guillen went public with his complaint.
Adam Riggs started in place of Guillen.