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Ty Wigginton suspended for three games

Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling
when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy — he tagged Hardy twice by my estimation — but you just can’t get after the ump like that and not expect some discipline.  He got it today: three game suspension and he’s going to be fined.

The Orioles say that Wigginton is going to appeal the suspension, so he’s good to play until then.  Of course, Wigginton is on the trading block too, and I’m guessing that whoever gets him is going to want him available as soon as the deal is done. So, if Wigginton abruptly drops the suspension, I guess that’s a pretty good sign he’s about to get shipped off, no?

  1. Tony - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Interestingly enough, tonight is Gary Darling night at Camden Yards. First 10,000 fans get scorecard written in Braille, dark pair of shades, and a guide dog will assist them in finding their seat. By the way Gary, you suck – Wigginton tagged Hardy at least twice and may have even smacked him in the face with the glove as well. Darling was quoted as saying it was a “close play”. Are you kidding me? It wasn’t close Gary, that’s why everyone is so ticked off. Even mild mannered Orioles play-by-play announcer Jim Hunter went on an extended tirade during the postgame show. Why don’t you give Jim Joyce a call to see how you should handle this situation? As it stands you are the most hated man in Baltimore. Here’s hoping you catch a foul tip in the Carl Crawfords.

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