Dodgers All-Star third baseman Justin Turner has been suspended for one game following his run in with veteran umpire Rob Drake. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement Tuesday.
On Monday night in San Diego, Turner was caught looking at strike 3 to end the game, but his night wasn’t over in his eyes.
Turner followed Drake as he walked off the field and argued on behalf of himself and his team for a wildly inconsistent strike zone. Turner incidentally bumped into Drake and found himself suspended on Tuesday morning.
Justin Turner suspended one game and fined for making contact with plate umpire last night. He’s appealing and suspension is held in abeyance until a hearing is held.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 27, 2019
It should be noted that upon viewing the incident, Drake stepped into Turner while the third baseman was attempting to exchange words with the umpire.
Before Tuesday’s game, LA manager Dave Roberts shared his thoughts on the suspension.
I was a little taken aback… it’s two professionals Rob and Justin, and Justin’s track record speaks for itself — and obviously Rob felt differently. But the way I saw it, there was contact initiated by Rob — as far as walking to the umpire’s room. It wasn’t trying to be super aggressive on Justin’s part.
While Los Angeles already had Turner scheduled for a planned day off on Tuesday, he is still appealing the suspension. Beyond the suspension — and subsequent appeal — Turner was also fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for the incident.
More from the official release from MLB
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with home plate Umpire Rob Drake during the bottom of the ninth inning of Monday’s game vs. the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Turner’s suspension had been scheduled to be served tonight, when the Dodgers continue their series against the Padres. However, he has elected to file an appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Turner will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.