Ausmus suspended 1 game, fined for tirade

Lamont served as Tigers skipper for Tuesday night's game vs. Twins

May 17th, 2016

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for the tirade following his ejection from Monday night's 10-8 win over the Twins for arguing balls and strikes.

Managers cannot appeal suspensions, so Ausmus was not in the dugout for Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Twins. Bench coach Gene Lamont served as manager in Ausmus' place.

Ausmus was waiting on word from MLB as of Tuesday afternoon, but he figured some sort of discipline was coming. A fine is fairly standard for managers who put up a lengthy argument for an ejection. A suspension isn't nearly as common, but it has happened for big tirades on the field.

Ausmus' performance on Monday night ended up fitting the category. After home-plate umpire Doug Eddings ejected Ausmus from the dugout for arguing a called third strike to Nick Castellanos ending the fourth inning, Ausmus sprung from the dugout and got in Eddings' face, engaging a more heated argument.

Ausmus let out his frustrations on Eddings, kicked dirt on the inside part of the plate, then pulled off the hoodie he had been wearing all night and used it to cover the plate. For good measure, Ausmus tossed his cap -- which he had removed while taking off his hoodie -- on his way off the field.

The tirade also included some language which was caught on the FOX Sports North broadcast, for which Ausmus apologized.

"I certainly don't want young kids hearing what I'm saying," he said on Monday night, "but I'm not going out there to try and be politically correct. I'm going out there because I'm upset. And when I'm upset sometimes some cuss words come out. So I apologize to any kids that might've heard it. Don't repeat it. But it's part of baseball. It has been for 120 years."

At the very least, Ausmus was likely to get fined for not having his jersey top on underneath his hoodie.

Ausmus said on Tuesday, before the announcement, he had not talked with Eddings since the ejection, but didn't expect any hard feelings.

"You put it behind you," Ausmus said. "You learn that, especially as a catcher, because you might yell at an umpire one at-bat and then have to go back right in front of him and work with him again. In my mind, it's over.

"I can't speak for them, but I don't take it personally from my end."