DETROIT -- Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds said Saturday he expects to receive a fine for his critical comment about the umpiring in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers, but he didn’t really retreat from his statements.
Reynolds was ejected in the fifth inning after first-base umpire Jeff Kellogg’s out call on Jhonny Peralta at first base was overturned. After conferring with home-plate umpire Tim Timmons as the request of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, they reversed the call and ruled Peralta safe, saying that Reynolds’ foot came off the bag.
Reynolds slammed his glove on the ground and was immediately ejected by second-base umpire Vic Carapazza, then unloaded a postgame tirade on the umpires.
Reynolds did backtrack from saying that he believed the umpires were “probably over there right now laughing about it” after calls went against the Orioles. Nick Markakis was called out on a close play at the plate where it appears he slide under Tigers catcher Alex Avila's tag.
“The only thing I regret that I said is that [the umpires] are probably laughing about it,” Reynolds said. “Those guys, they work hard they try to make the right calls. Everything else, I was pretty hot after the game last night. Especially that we lost, it compounded it. I know they try to get the calls right. I know they aren’t over there laughing about it. I know they probably take it hard.”
Otherwise, Reynolds said he stands by his words.
“Everything else, I feel like I said what a lot of people think,” Reynolds said. “So, we will see what happens.
“I’m sure something is going to happen,” Reynolds said about the possibilty of a fine. “But I said what I said and you can’t take it back.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun