Sutcliffe, Mills, Segui appeal brawl suspensions to AL office

Orioles notebook

June 12, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The three Orioles players who were suspended for their roles in the brawl with the Seattle on Sunday all have appealed the penalties imposed by American League president Bobby Brown.

Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe, reliever Alan Mills and first baseman David Segui indicated that they would appeal after they were informed of the disciplinary measures Thursday, and they made it official yesterday.

Segui had to do that to be available for last night's game, because his three-game suspension was scheduled to begin. Sutcliffe's five-game suspension was scheduled to start Wednesday and Mills' four-game suspension was set to begin June 22, but all of the penalties -- including the $1,000 fines imposed on each player -- will be held in abeyance until hearings can be scheduled.

Appeal hearings usually occur when the affected team next visits New York, site of the American League and National League headquarters.

The Orioles return next to New York to play the Yankees in mid-August.

Players can choose to drop their appeals at any time before a hearing, but Orioles manager Johnny Oates said that the club would not try to manipulate the appeals process to minimize the impact of the suspensions.

"It's up to the players and up to the process now," he said.

Oates lauds Jacobs

The pending sale of the club has been the subject of little comment in the Orioles clubhouse, but Oates broke silence on the subject just long enough to extend his best wishes to owner Eli Jacobs.

"Eli Jacobs has been good to me," Oates said. "I want the best for him. I am sorry about the way things have turned out for him."

First pinch hit

Damon Buford delivered the Orioles' first pinch hit of the season when he singled up the middle in the eighth inning. He broke the club's 0-for-15 pinch-hitting drought after entering the game in place of shortstop Cal Ripken.

Ripken rests

Ripken came out of a game for only the second time this year. He also got two innings off April 29 game against the Minnesota Twins.

Brady trade, Part 2

Oates said that he was not happy with rumors that left fielder Brady Anderson might be traded to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Frank Viola.

"I think that can have an effect on a player," Oates said. "Brady got a call from his father in California, so it was enough to make people wonder. I would rather that wouldn't happen, but you just consider the source and move on."

Oates pulled Anderson aside as soon as he got to the clubhouse Wednesday to assure him that there was no truth to the rumor.

"I told him, if I don't know anything about it and my GM says he doesn't know anything about it, then there must be nothing to it," Oates said.

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