Umpire Joe West and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Mark Buehrle were all fined an undisclosed amount of money by Major League Baseball on Friday for their part in an incident that involved called balks earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the situation told MLB.com. No suspensions were levied. A spokesman for MLB declined to comment and would not confirm nor deny the financial sanctions. Guillen and Buehrle were ejected by West during Wednesday's 5-4 White Sox victory over the Indians at Cleveland.
West, the first-base umpire in the game, ejected Buehrle during the third inning when the left-handed pitcher threw his glove to the ground after a second balk was called. West had ejected Guillen an inning earlier when the manager went out to try and calm the situation after Buehrle's first balk. Guillen said he did not go out to argue the call but to protect Buehrle. "I did not go out to ask him about the balk or whatever," Guillen said at the time. "Anytime you go out, you can't ask about the balk. The thing is, I went out to ask him why he was embarrassing Buehrle." Guillen later angrily chastised West in his comments to the media. It's not known whether Guillen's fine was for the ejection, the comments or both. The White Sox were in St. Petersburg to play the Rays on Friday, but Guillen was not with the team so he could attend his son's high school graduation in Miami Gardens, Fla. Buehrle said before the game that he had anticipated the fine but not a suspension. "I didn't say anything. I didn't touch anybody. I didn't do anything to cause anything," Buehrle said. "I figured there was going to be a fine, because no matter what, you get tossed from a game -- no matter what it is -- there's always a fine. That's what I assumed I was getting. If I was getting suspended, I think I would have been surprised, yeah." West, the president of the umpires' union, was in Boston to work the Royals-Red Sox game. He disputed Guillen's account of the events after Wednesday's game.