Cecil Cooper may soon be on double secret probation or something:
Astros manager Cecil Cooper received a call Tuesday from baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson, who will review Cooper’s conduct after he was ejected Saturday by plate umpire Mike DiMuro.
According to Cooper, Watson told him DiMuro wrote in his incident report that Cooper kicked dirt at him during an argument that occurred after DiMuro tossed Ivan Rodriguez in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park.
“He did tell me he was going to review it again and look for something,” Cooper said of Watson. “The umpire reported that I did something.”
Maybe I’m just blowing a couple of long-ago, isolated, videotaped incidents out of proportion, but didn’t it used to be pretty routine for managers to kick dirt during an argument with the ump? I’m not saying doing so is a good thing — it’s really disrespectful when you think about it — but I don’t recall it being a matter of special discipline.
I’m going to blame Pete Rose for making this a bigger deal than it used to be. If he doesn’t cross the line and shove Dave Pallone, I think we’d have much more exciting manager-umpire arguments these days.