Jacoby loses appeal, will serve entire suspension

Hitting coach denies contact with umpire, which led to 14-game ban

Jacoby loses appeal, will serve entire suspension

TORONTO -- Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby lost his appeal to Major League Baseball and will have to serve his entire 14-game suspension for a recent incident at Fenway Park.

The details surrounding the situation are still quite vague but what's clear is that there was a confrontation between Jacoby and Bill Miller's umpiring crew after a game on April 29. The heated disagreement took place in the tunnel that the visiting team and umpires use at the conclusion of a game.

In a statement released by the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon, Jacoby acknowledged that he was accused of making physical contact with one of the umpires. However, in the same statement, he denied that allegation.

"Unfortunately, there was a verbal altercation with the umpiring crew following a tough loss in Boston," Jacoby said in the statement. "Frustrations escalated, leading to an altercation in which I was wrongly accused of contacting an umpire in the runway following our game. I'm in no way going to apologize for what happened and feel that the penalties were very biased, harsh, and unfair.

"I feel vindicated by the fact that everyone very near to the incident corroborated my actions when interviewed. This is all I am going to say about this issue and I will not answer any questions concerning this incident from this point forward. The game we play isn't about the coaches or umpires, but about the players that play it."

Jacoby began serving his suspension on Monday and will not be eligible to return until May 19 against the Angels. The Blue Jays have indicated that they will not be making any further comments on the matter.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.