Both Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson received a one-game suspension following their on-field altercation earlier this week.
Earlier, MLB announced that Davidson's suspension was for his “repeated violations of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling,” whose bar I would imagine is set somewhere between end the game in a tie and let Hamels pitch until there are puddles at shortstop.
While no specific incident was mentioned, clearly the final straw was Davidson antagonizing Manuel after the Phillies’ dugout took issue with Davidson getting in the way of Brian Schneider, following a dropped third strike on Tuesday. Davidson could be heard very clearly yelling: “You think I was trying to block his ass? What the hell are you yelling at?" That phrase, apparently, falls below Bud Selig’s low standards.
Manuel's suspension is a direct result of his reaction, screaming obscenities at Davidson.
As FOX’s Ken Rosenthal notes, MLB dignitaries were seated directly behind home plate when all this happened, so that likely influenced their decision.
Watch the showdown and Rosenthal's explanation after the jump.