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Umpire criticism costs Steinbrenner $50,000


The New York Times is reporting today that American League president Gene Budig fined Yankees owner George Steinbrenner $50,000 for his criticism of umpires in Game 2 of the New York-Seattle Mariners series.

Steinbrenner's outburst actually occurred during the game, reporters gathering around him in the middle of the 15-inning marathon between the Yankees and Mariners.

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