I was watching ESPNews Tuesday night, when I saw a clip of umpire Brian Runge bumping into New York Mets interim manager Jerry Manuel. Runge initiated the bumping, and ejected both Manuel and Carlos Beltran after the incident. Manuel had come out to retrieve Beltran after the Mets' all-star outfielder was baited into an argument by Runge – in a clear abuse of the power given to MLB umpires. Turns out the MLB agreed, suspending Runge for a game after the incident. While Runge was suspended, Manuel was fined $500 and Beltran was fined $400.
Reading of the suspension, I started thinking – which my wife will tell you is never a good thing – where does that money go? Maybe it is because I am still stuck on the MLB/charity issues raised by fellow blogger Paul Lukas, but I thought I would go digging a bit to see if I could find out where the money goes. Aren't the Intrawebs a wonderful invention? I found several different answers (and none were from Wikipedia) that mentioned that most of the fines levied by MLB are put into a pool that is then redistributed to the teams. Some of the money does go to charity, if the player requests. I hope that a majority of the players decide to have their fine payments donated , but I'd also think that would be something MLB would mandate. Maybe 50% of the fines should be earmarked for charity, while the rest gets divvied among the teams. Believe me, I don't think the Yankees or Cubs are hurting for money.
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