League suspends GreenJackets pitching coach

Review of Kline's ejection, contact with umpire continues

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Augusta GreenJackets pitching coach Steve Kline has been suspended by the South Atlantic League after Tuesday night's incident with home plate umpire Carlos Torres.

"There will be a fine and a suspension," league president Eric Krupa said this morning.

A statement released by the team this afternoon said Kline has been "suspended immediately for at least the next two games" while the league continues to review the incident.

Krupa said he is still reviewing statements and gathering various accounts of Tuesday night's game when Torres ejected Kline in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Kline was walking off the field after a visit to the mound when a verbal exchange with Torres resulted in the ejection. The third-year pitching coach quickly approached Torres with a raised finger, bumped into him and head-butted him with the bill of his cap.

Torres raised his arms to protect his face while Kline continued to argue. The game was briefly delayed while a trainer bandagegd a cut below Torres' left eye.

Kline said after the game he didn't think he made contact and said Torres stepped on his foot.

Torrres declined to comment about the incident but did file a report to the league office.

Krupa said details on the fine and length of suspension won't be announced until the league completes its review.

"Once all of the information has been gathered and reviewed, a decision will be issued by the South Atlantic League office,"  Krupa said in the statement. "The decision may or may not extend the suspension beyond the current series in Augusta."

The statement released by the team said no replacement pitching coach will be in place for tonight's game, but San Francisco Giants minor league pitching coordinator Bert Bradley is expected to arrive in Augusta by Thursday to begin serving as the team's pitching coach in an interim role.

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corgimom 05/11/11 - 12:08 pm
Perhaps a charge of simple

Perhaps a charge of simple battery would help, too.

daviddunagan 05/11/11 - 09:39 pm
Two (2) games? That's it?

Two (2) games? That's it? The guy should be fired. As a witness to this attack with my two young son's, I couldn't believe my eyes. The umpire should have defended himself and then the coach should have been arrested for assault. I kept wondering when the police were going to intervene. Even more amazing were some of the Augusta fans taunting the umpire during and after the attack. This is not what baseball is about. Don't take my word for it, see if someone can find the tape. David Dunagan

Riverman1 05/11/11 - 09:46 pm
Oh, come on, Mr. Dunagan, the

Oh, come on, Mr. Dunagan, the fight with the umpire is theatre. That's why baseball can't automate the umpiring function. The fans want to see the confrontation with the umps. We all understand the script down to the ejection.

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