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MLB suspends Phils skipper, umpire

05/18/2012 2:40 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Major League Baseball has suspended both Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson one game each after an altercation during Tuesday night’s game between Philadelphia and Houston.

During Tuesday's game, Davidson, who was the home plate umpire, appeared to obstruct Phillies catcher Brian Schneider’s attempt to retrieve a dropped third strike – and when Manuel confronted him about it, the two got into a very heated argument that ended with the Phillies skipper’s ejection.

While Manuel was suspended for the incident and the ejection itself, MLB announced that Davidson’s suspension was for “repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling."

The umpire’s suspension may come as a surprise, but Davidson is notably disliked among Major League players; according to a Sports Illustrated poll conducted last season, MLB players voted Davidson as the league’s fourth-worst umpire.

Both men will serve their suspensions on Friday; Manuel will miss his team’s game against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park, while Davidson will sit out the opener of the Twins-Brewers series in Milwaukee.

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