Blue Jays hitting coach Martinez suspended 5 games for pregame altercation with umpire

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Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez fined him five games and an undisclosed amount after his heated argument with umpire Doug Eddings before a game Wednesday.

The altercation occurred during the exchange of lineup cards before Toronto’s game in Chicago against the White Sox to close out a three-game series.

Martinez pulled out the lineup card, a task usually performed by manager Charlie Montoyo, and shook hands with the umpires before getting into a spirited discussion with Eddings. Martinez was ejected from the game.

MLB said in a statement Friday that Martinez was being disciplined for unsportsmanlike conduct and contact with Eddings.

Eddings, who was assigned to third base for Wednesday’s game, was behind the plate in Toronto’s 7-6 loss to Chicago on Tuesday.

The suspension was scheduled to begin when Toronto began a three-game series with the Brewers on Friday night in Milwaukee.





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