Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby suspended 14 games for ump incident

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TORONTO -- Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.

Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday.

After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto's 4-1 loss, members of the Blue Jays coaching staff traded words with the umpiring crew as they left the field.

At Fenway Park, the umpires exit through the visitor's dugout and share a tunnel with the players to their respective locker rooms.

Following the runway incident with the Toronto coaches -- of which no details have been provided -- baseball sent a memo instructing visiting teams to remain in the dugout until the umpires have passed through.

The Blue Jays intend to appeal Jacoby's suspension and say they will not comment until their appeal is heard.

Unlike players, who may remain active while awaiting appeals, coaches and managers are required to begin serving their suspensions as soon as they are issued. Jacoby began serving his with Monday night's game against the New York Yankees.