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Ron Washington paid a fine from MLB with 20,000 pennies

Mar 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT


I love when old stories like this surface.

A few years ago Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Ron Washington were tossed out of a spring training game by an umpire and then … well, I’ll let Stefan Stevenson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram take it from here:

However, after the ejection Washington never left the dugout as required because the ballpark at Peoria Sports Complex isn’t exactly flush with great places for a manager to hang out if ejected. MLB fined him double — $200 — for not leaving the dugout.

Washington responded by filling a box with $200 in pennies and mailing it to Bob Watson, MLB vice president in charge of discipline. Cost to mail it to New York: About $45.

Watson called after receiving the box. Watson: “And you just had $200 in pennies hanging around? Washington: “Yes. Bob, I didn’t have my checkbook. I wasn’t trying to be funny. Now go to the bank and put that in the [change] machine and get your $200.”

There’s actually a website called that’s devoted to “culture jamming involving large payments in pennies to organizations that are difficult to deal with.”

Ron Washington: Culture Jammer.

Also, apparently you can be arrested for trying to pay for something with a huge amount of pennies, although it’s mostly about dumping them on a counter or otherwise making things annoying for the person being paid. Washington sent them in a nice box and even paid $45 extra to get it to MLB, so he’s probably in the clear there.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Wash has been an anti-bunt culture jammer for years.

  2. El Bravo - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    What’s the opposite of a douchenozzle? A Ron Washington is what it is.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      you’ve got me confused can you help me out. “douchenozzle” – menstrual cycle implement connected to or associated with a nozzle – i don’t think i’ll close my eyes to try and envision that so i assume it’s bad – correct ?? – making ron washington good ??

      • El Bravo - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t sleep I just dream.

      • El Bravo - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM


        Rust: Ascendant meat, however illusory our identities are, we craft those identities by making value judgements. Everybody judges all the time. Now, you got a problem with that, you’re living wrong.Marty: What’s scented meat?


      • craigssideburns - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        How many times did you have to pause and rewind to get all that down?

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        El Bravo:
        i don’t have a problem with “douchenozzle”. i actually think it’s kinda of poetic. i was honestly confused by what you meant. so beat up on a dizzy old man if you want to.

        btw that ” i don’t sleep i just dream” is beautiful. i give you a thumbs up for that.

    • umrguy42 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      EB, what’s the status of the 2014 list? I think we had Murray Chass and the guy who voted for nobody on the HoF ballot, maybe? Anybody else?

      Also, this sounds like you’ll have the EBDN List, and the EBRon Washington List :p

      • El Bravo - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        I had to retire from managing the list mid-2013. I am trying to transfer the reins of power to Halladay’s Bicepts (that’s right). I gotta figure out how to do that b/c I think these comments have character limits or something b/c pasting them didn’t work.

  3. lanflfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Love that story. I would love to pay a couple of monthly bills in pennies, make them actually work for taking my money.

  4. shaggytoodle - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Every one knows his dollar bills are used for something else.

    • djandujar - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      And he likes collecting money with his name on it.

  5. seahawksbmx - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Ron Washington is awesome. Coming from a Mariners fan.

  6. chc4 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Kramer tried to pay for his Paisano’s calzones with change and got thrown out. Now that was funny.

    • El Bravo - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

  7. bendover09 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Aaron, what law are you looking at bc I can’t find it

    Here’s what the law says: The Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, states: “United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues. Foreign gold or silver coins are not legal tender for debts.”

    All this means is that the US Federal Reserve system must honor all US currency. As the US Treasury points out, there’s nothing in the law that says that private businesses have to accept it for all transactions.

    • anxovies - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Uh, actually there is. “Legal tender” means something that extinguishes a debt when it is tendered for payment. Since federal law recognizes both coins and currency as legal tender, a private business is probably required to accept either of them as payment. For instance, a check is not legal tender and does not extinguish a debt until the bank pays on it.

  8. penguins87and71 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I love this guy!

  9. socalseahawker - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I’d have to say the $45 in postage was worth every Penny!

  10. strictlythedanks - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Ron the mon Washing ton

    Hes always welcome in minnesota

  11. drs76109 - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  12. drs76109 - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Flat rate priority mail box would’ve only been about $15…

  13. musketmaniac - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    images of larry flint paying his bond/fine with dollar bills and strippers.

  14. itsallbygrace - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    But did he pay the postage fee in pennies or did he just write a check?

  15. chill1184 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Thats just awesome, very nice troll by Washington

  16. drs76109 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    New nickname: Ron “Pennies” Washington. Twitter handle: @nocents

  17. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    He must have a really big couch.

  18. Dogsweat - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Are we in Junior high? Lame. Rangers will never see a World Series Trophy with this Pee Wee Coach.

  19. jerruhjones - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    That’s how baseball go! Great job Wash!

  20. mtr75 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Did he pay for his last pile of blow with pennies, too?

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