York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren has been suspended for the next four games, the team announced Wednesday night.
Etchebarren is being suspended by the Atlantic League for his actions in Friday's game against Long Island, when he was ejected by home-plate umpire David Mills in the seventh inning. Etchebarren came out of the Revs' dugout and proceeded to cover home plate with dirt before jawing at and bumping chests with Mills.
After the game, Etchebarren also reportedly made some disparaging remarks about the umpiring in the league to the media. It's unclear if those comments played a role in the suspension.
The suspension was announced midway through Wednesday's game against Southern Maryland. Etchebarren met with Jon Danos and Joe Klein before the game. Klein is the executive director of the Atlantic League. Danos is the president of Opening Day Partners, which owns five of the eight teams in the league, including York.
"It's over with. It's done and I can't do nothing about it," Etchebarren said.
He will sit out the four-game series at Somerset from Thursday through Sunday. He has also been fined an undisclosed sum. Players and managers are typically fined $50 for an ejection, but it's likely Etchebarren's fine is larger than that.
Revolution pitching coach Mark Mason will manage games in Etchebarren's absence.
Schedule: Etchebarren will return to his managerial duties on Monday when the Revs come back home to face the Sugar Land Skeeters in the first of a four-game series.
However, Etchebarren is still set to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disc and two bulging discs in his back. As a result of the surgery, Etchebarren said he will miss at least the final three games against Sugar Land on Tuesday and Wednesday. If he's healthy enough, he would like to return from surgery on Friday, June 22, for York's series opener against Atlantic League Freedom Division rival Lancaster.
Ejections: Etchebarren has been ejected from three games so far this season, his most recent coming in the first inning in Monday's game against Southern Maryland.
In his time with York, Etchebarren has been ejected from a total of 13 games (one in 2009, five in 2010 and four in 2011).
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