The CPBL have issued a 3-game suspension and a $1600 fine to the Fubon Guardians’ manager 陳連宏 (Chen Lien-Hung).
The newly appointed Guardians’ skipper was suspended and fined on the ground of headbutting and chest bumping the umpire during the strike zone dispute on August 11th.
“The umpire’s strike zone was so inconsistent that night, I had to stand up for my players,” said Chen Lien-Hung. “The strike zone should the same for both teams, but it wasn’t the case.”
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 12, 2018
Headbutting and Chest Bumping
It was Saturday night, on the top of the sixth inning. The Guardians’ reliever 郭泓志 (Kuo Hong-Chih) threw a breaking pitch that sliced through the outer lower corner of the strike zone. The umpire, however, thinks otherwise.
Just a little background on this, the umpire 江春緯 (Chiang Chun-Wei) is best known for his inconsistent strike zone. Before the whole incident started, there were more than 10 questionable calls when it comes to the strike zone.
Seeing his pitcher is about to get into a full confrontation with the umpire, the Guardians’ manager decided to step in and protect his pitcher. And the situation pretty much escalated to the next level immediately.
Chen Lien-Hung started his strike zone dispute with a headbutt, followed by a hefty chest bump that pushed the umpire back. The Guardians’ pitching coach also joined in on the action by covering up the home plate with dirt.
There were a total of three Guardians ejected that night. Manager Chen Lien-Hung, pitching coach Kuo Yung-Chih and reliever Kuo Hong-Chih.