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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly suspended two games for arguing with umpires

Don Mattingly, Tim Tschida, Jeff Nelson, Angel Vampos

Umpires Tim Tschida (4) and Jeff Nelson (45) get in front of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (88) as he yells at home plate umpire Angel Vampos (84) after he was ejected in the second inning of the baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been suspended two games by MLB for arguing with umpires during Thursday’s game against the Pirates. Bench coach Trey Hillman will manage the final two games of the team’s weekend series against the Braves.

Thursday’s incident started after Matt Kemp was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Campos for arguing balls and strikes from the bench. Mattingly was tossed after coming out of the dugout to defend his center fielder.

Kemp certainly risked a suspension with his behavior, so all things considered, this situation could have played out a lot worse for the Dodgers. MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre spoke with Mattingly on Friday and told him that his first priority should have been to get Kemp under control as opposed to arguing himself, so he’s essentially taking the hit for his player.

By the way, no word on if Campos will receive any discipline for his behavior in the situation.