MLB fines umpire Hallion, Rays’ Price, Hellickson and Moore
Major League Baseball issued $1,000 fines to Tampa Bay Rays pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore and umpire Tom Hallion on Thursday.
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The players were fined for violating MLB’s social media policy, and Hallion was fined for his reaction to the event.
“Something you obviously want to stay away from,” Price said Thursday. “You don’t want to donate money to whatever it goes to. I’d rather give it to my foundation or something like that. I could have chosen a better way to handle it. But I feel like I handled it pretty well.”
During an April 28 game against the Chicago White Sox, Price accused Hallion, 56, of cursing at him after Price’s final out of an eventual 8-3 Rays victory. According to Price, Hallion, then at home plate, told him to “throw the ball over the (expletive) plate” as the pitcher walked off the field in the seventh inning. (Earlier, Price had taken a step toward his dugout after what he thought was a third strike for the final out against batter Dewayne Wise.)
Hellickson, sitting in the dugout at the time of the exchange between Price and Hallion, was ejected after allegedly responding to the umpire. Hallion, speaking to a pool reporter after the game, called Price “a liar” when told of the player’s account of the events. Price reacted with a number of pointed tweets after the game, including one that alluded to Hallion as a coward.
Hellickson and Moore also commented on Twitter.
“I definitely feel it was important to have (Price’s) back on the field,” Hellickson said. “Saying something on Twitter, that probably wasn’t the right thing to do. A thousand dollars is a lot of money. Wish I wouldn’t have done it now.”
MLB’s social media policy, which was released in March 2012, states that players cannot write “content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a Major League umpire.” MLB encourages umpires not to engage with players.
“It is what it is,” Moore said. “I would just love for it to be over like it never happened. I think it’s kind of catching a little bit more than it needs to. … I definitely would rather this not happened and just stayed away from all of it.
“I don’t even tweet that much, so for me to get in trouble over something like that is pretty irritating with myself. My job has nothing to do with my Twitter account or anything that goes on on the field. I’m not going to let that happen again.”
The Rays are in the middle of a 10-game road trip to Chicago, Kansas City and Colorado. They’re 12-15 and seven games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.