DETROIT (AP) -Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield had his three-game suspension reduced to two Thursday by Major League Baseball.
Sheffield was ejected May 31 at Cleveland for arguing balls and strikes. Plate umpire Greg Gibson claimed Sheffield threw a piece of his broken bat at him as he walked away - Sheffield and Tigers manager Jim Leyland disputed Gibson's account.
``Umpires lie, too,'' Sheffield said.
``It just goes to show you it wasn't true and how corrupt the umpiring system is,'' he said. ``They can make a statement and that means it's true. And so it has to go all the way to the commissioner's office, just because it has to go to a higher power, I guess, and that means it's true.''
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, spoke to Sheffield and Leyland before Detroit's 5-2 win over Texas. The Tigers DH hit his 18th home run in the victory.
``Jim and I and Gary had a long conversation before today's game and we came to this agreement,'' Watson said. ``His side was compelling and I felt he was sincere.''
Sheffield will sit out games Saturday and Sunday against Minnesota. Still, he's not happy with the ruling.
Sheffield brought up another situation - Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca's recent two-game suspension after tossing equipment from the dugout - when talking to Watson.
``I challenged him and asked him, 'Was my situation was worse than Paul Lo Duca's?''' Sheffield said. ``He said it was the same. I didn't throw stuff on the field. When you hear reasoning like that, you know it's a joke.''

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail World Series opener pits Lester vs. Kluber Two title-starved organizations are ready to kick off one of the most intriguing World Series matchups we’ve seen in some time.
Thumbnail Kershaw tries to keep visitors' run going The Cubs seized a 3-2 edge in the NLCS by winning Games 4 and 5 in Los Angeles. Will Clayton Kershaw be able to save the Dodgers’...
Thumbnail North Siders' bats rise as NCLS progresses Anthony Rizzo is still batting well below .200 in the playoffs. Yet the Chicago first baseman seems to be heating up at precisely...
Thumbnail Hosts ask Urias to give them 3-1 NLCS edge Tonight, Julio Urias will make history in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers simply hope that it’s for all the right reasons.
Thumbnail Francona needs relief corps to thrive again The Blue Jays suddenly have life in the NLCS. Now, though, can they truly put fear in the Indians and send the festivities back to northern...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages