MLB looking into Ozzie Guillen's tweets
NEW YORK (AP)
Major League Baseball is looking into any rules White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might have violated by using Twitter to make derogatory comments about an umpire after being ejected.
Should Guillen be fined it would be the first time baseball has penalized a player, coach or manager for their use of the social networking site during a game.
Guillen was tossed Wednesday night for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Todd Tichenor in the first inning of Chicago's game against the New York Yankees. He then went on Twitter to say the ejection was pathetic and it would cost him a pricey fine. He also said that a ''tough guy'' showed up at Yankee Stadium.
It was Guillen's 26th career ejection and first this season. He said Thursday he expects to hear from the commissioner's office at some point.
''I expect them to call me or send me a letter. I expect them to send me a sizable fine,'' Guillen said. ''Like I say, I've been through this for eight years. I expect them to say how much is the money and we'll pay the money.''
Baseball has a social media policy covering employees that applies to managers and coaches and prevents them from disparaging umpires.
There also are guidelines that basically prohibit players, managers and coaches from communicating by electronic equipment from 30 minutes before a game until it ends.
But baseball has not had to deal with the rise of Twitter and other social networking sites in the same manner as the NFL and NBA, which have strict rules of conduct for expressing opinions in this rapid-fire format.
The NFL has fined Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for using Twitter shortly before and during a preseason game. The NBA fined Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire and Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyson Chandler $7,500 each for in-game tweets.
England's Premier League Soccer has dealt harshly with players who used Twitter inappropriately. And golfer Ian Poulter, a popular tweeter, apologized for using an anti-Semitic slur after watching a soccer game.