Umpire Paul Schrieber apologized Thursday for making contact with the Tigers’ Magglio Ordonez during a confrontation Wednesday night.
“In yesterday’s game, after I called Magglio Ordonez out on strikes, I inadvertently placed my hand on his back and ushered him away from home plate so that I would not have to eject him for arguing balls and strikes,” Schrieber said, reading from a prepared statement. “I should not have placed my hands on him, period. For doing so, I apologize to both Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers.”
And some backfill from Leyland and Ordonez:
Both Leyland and Ordonez said Thursday that they did not believe Schrieber’s act had malicious intent.
“I don’t have a problem,” Ordonez said. “I think when you’re in the game, the excitement [takes over]. I don’t think he had any intention to push me. He didn’t push. He went like [hand out], ‘Hey.’ You can’t do that. But like I said, he didn’t have any bad intentions, like [pushing], ‘Get out of here.'”
Said Leyland: “I don’t think in any way, shape or form that the umpire was getting intentionally physical with him. I don’t believe that there was any malice or intention of hitting him or anything like that. I think the umpire was just saying, ‘Get out of here,’ and put his hand on him and started pushing. He can’t do that. He made a mistake.”
No word if there will be any discipline. Based on what else has happened this week, however, we may expect a $750 fine or something.
My original thoughts on the matter are here.