The discipline all resulted from what an MLB statement called "a misapplication" of a rule -- that is, the umpires not knowing the rules.
Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth was suspended two games. Culbreth and the other three umpires on the crew all were fined an undisclosed amount.
The announcement appeared to reflect MLB's concern about umpire accountability. When umpire Tom Hallion was fined last week -- over an incident with
None of the four umpires corrected Houston Manager Bo Porter, who claimed he could replace one new relief pitcher with another when the Angels used a pinch-hitter. Baseball rules require a relief pitcher to face at least one batter, barring injury or illness.
Porter coached for the
"He didn't learn that from me," Johnson told reporters in Washington on Friday.
Porter told reporters in Houston Friday that he had made an honest mistake and had apologized to Culbreth and the rest of the umpiring crew. Angels Manager
Scioscia said the interpretation of the rule -- by Porter and by all four umpires -- was incorrect.
"Mike Scioscia was right," Porter said Friday.