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No fines issued for incident between Russell Martin and umpire Laz Diaz

Jun 1, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told WFAN’s Sweeny Murti earlier this evening that no fines were issued as a result of an alleged incident between Yankees catcher Russell Martin and umpire Laz Diaz on Wednesday night.

Martin said after Wednesday’s game that Diaz wouldn’t let him throw balls back to the pitcher, apparently as some for of punishment for arguing over balls and strikes. Martin, who likes to throw balls back to the pitcher in order to keep his arm warm, was allegedly told that it was a ‚Äúprivilege” he had to earn.

Martin used graphic language to describe Diaz in his post-game comments, which left him at risk for some sort of fine. Torre spoke with Martin and Diaz to get their respective sides of the story, but it appears both got off with strict warnings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Bad boys. Do not do that again or else you will be lashed by a 100 wet noodles.

  2. rob0527 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    This is what happens when we give umps to much power, and there is no fear that anything can happen to them. I want to be in a union like they have.

  3. rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    If they don’t reprimand umps for all of the bad calls (their jobs), why would they reprimand them for just being a pompous ass?

  4. jimw81 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Wait until next year when umps throw a fit over instant replay

  5. RickyB - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    What cracks me up about this story is that Martin is complaining that Diaz not letting him throw the ball back hinders his ability to keep his arm loose during the game. How many throws back to the pitcher does he need? Ball one, throw the ball back. Called strike, throw the ball back. Swing and a miss, throw the ball back. Diaz not letting him throw the ball back after foul balls or balls taken out of play isn’t a big deal. Diaz’s attitude is about why he wouldn’t let him throw balls back is a big deal, however.

    • larrytsg - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Have you ever tried to keep track of the number of foul balls, home runs, scuffed up hits, bounced balls, etc in a game? There must be over 100 balls used in each major league game, and if the umpire insists on tossing each of these to the pitcher, it CAN mess with the catcher.

      Me….. I umpire a kids league where we use a ball until it’s too dirty to see, but when we have foul balls I almost always give the replacement ball to the catcher. Why? Because my arm sucks, and I would rather not draw attention to myself by making a bad throw. But that’s just me, a guy working a kids league, not a Major League Umpire with an ego to match…….

  6. going4iton4th - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Umpires are getting out of control in my opinion—I think Bud needs to put his foot down and start suspending these guys if they can’t get their act together. The game is not about umpires.

    • TestSubjekt - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      The best umpires are ones that you don’t even notice on the field.

  7. richieranger - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Who does this umpire think he is….exactly the catcher should keep his arm warm….fire him.

  8. bradmoss1 - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    My Worst Nine List (alphabetically):

    CB Bucknor
    Phil Cuzzi
    Bob Davidson
    Laz Diaz
    Angel Hernandez
    Bill Hohn
    Dan Iassogna
    Hunter Wendelstedt
    Joe West

  9. pisano - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Bucknor & Diaz, two incompetent uppity a**holes.

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