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Report: Ortiz Appeals Phone Smashing Fine

BOSTON (CBS) – We found out last week that David Ortiz would not be suspended for destroying the phones in the visitor’s dugout at Camden Yards two weeks ago, but the Red Sox slugger was hit with a hefty fine over the outburst.

Now, we know just how much Ortiz was penalized, and that the Boston DH is appealing the fine.

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According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, Ortiz was hit with a $5,000 fine for his tirade after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Displeased after Timmons called a high strike on a 3-0 count, and after he struck out two pitches later, Ortiz retreated to the Boston dugout where he put his bat to work — on the phones to the bullpen.

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The cover to the phones were shattered, and Ortiz went on to say how he felt disrespected by Timmons’ calls behind the plate.

Ortiz has appealed the fine, but chances are since there was no suspension from the incident he won’t get much love from Major League Baseball.


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