Ump Won't Be Punished For Touching Hunter
Major League Baseball will not discipline umpire Paul Nauert for putting his hand on Torii Hunter's face during a benches-clearing altercation between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of on-field operations, reviewed the incident from Monday's game and talked with Nauert on Wednesday. The Detroit News, citing a baseball source, reported that Torre and Nauert discussed how the incident could be misinterpreted by the public.
Both dugouts emptied onto the field after Tigers outfielder Hunter took exception to being hit in the ribs by the Orioles' Bud Norris just one pitch after Ian Kinsler's two-run homer gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Hunter immediately came to Nauert's defense.
"It's nothing to really investigate," Hunter said Tuesday. "If MLB came to me (to ask about Nauert), I wouldn't even talk to them."