ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Umpire Fieldin Culbreth has taken full responsibility for a misinterpretation of a relief pitcher substitution rule Thursday that resulted in fines for his crew, as well as a fine and a two-game suspension for him.
Culbreth, whose crew worked the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday at Tropicana Field, said hes absolutely OK with everything in regards to the discipline presented by Major League Baseball on Friday following an incident Thursday at Minute Maid Park between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.
I look at it that baseball has high standards for their umpires, and I have high standards for myself, Culbreth said to pool reporter Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, and I didnt meet those standards last night.
Culbreth, who made his MLB umpiring debut in 1993, allowed an illegal Astros pitching change in the top of the seventh inning Thursday. The sequence began when first-year manager Bo Porter brought in reliever ...