— Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was suspended for 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball today for bumping umpire Ronald Kulpa twice in Saturday’s game against the New York Mets.
The players’ union immediately appealed the suspension, which means Everett can continue to play until a hearing is held by Paul Beeston, baseball’s chief operating officer.
No date was set for the hearing.
Batter’s Box Bout
In Baltimore with the Red Sox, Everett was angry over the punishment imposed by major league baseball.
“They tried to make me out to be a monster,” he said. “If you listen to what was said, it’s their own opinion, not what you actually see. It’s what they wanted everyone else to see.”
Everett, who is batting .323 and leads the Red Sox with 25 home runs and 72 runs batted in, became furious when Kulpa, umpiring at home plate, drew the inside line of the batter’s box with his foot, showing where the hitter could stand.
The Boston slugger confronted Kulpa, making contact twice, the second time with a bump to the head that sent the umpire staggering away. Everett was thrown out of the game and continued his tirade.
He had to be restrained by teammates and coaches. When he reached the dugout, he threw over a water cooler and threw a bat.
Mets Complained of Plate-Crowding
A night earlier, Mets reliever Dennis Cook was thrown out of the game after hitting Everett with a pitch. Cook stormed toward the plate, indicating that Everett’s wide-open stance takes him beyond the batter’s box lines.
Major league baseball has reminded umpires that they can order the lines redrawn during the game.
The batter’s box measures 4 feet by 6 feet and is outlined in chalk on three sides with the inside line closest to home plate not drawn.
Umpires allow 6 inches off the plate to indicate the inside limits of the box. It was that 6-inch area that both Cook and Kulpa said Everett had violated.