Oswalt won't face further discipline
Baseball official will discuss incident with umpire Hohn
HOUSTON -- Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president in charge of rules and on-field operations, said Tuesday that a baseball official plans to talk to umpire Bill Hohn about his confrontation with Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt during Monday's game, but that Oswalt won't face further discipline.
Oswalt was ejected by Hohn in the third inning of Monday's game, a 14-4 loss against the Nationals at Minute Maid Park for what umpire crew chief Gary Darling later said was showing up an umpire. Oswalt contended he yelled at himself in frustration, and not Hohn, after missing outside on a pitch thrown to Josh Willingham.
Watson said Mike Port, baseball's vice president of umpiring, planned to speak with Hohn about the situation.
"Is it going to be stern? I don't know," Watson said. "Probably will be."
Port didn't return a phone message seeking comment, but Watson said Oswalt would not be subject to any further disciplinary action because of the incident.
"We felt the ejection was enough, so there's no further disciplinary action necessary," Watson said.
Oswalt was relieved.
"I haven't heard anything from them as far as Major League Baseball, but I was hoping I wasn't going to get fined for saying what I said," Oswalt said. "I thought it was kind of quick on his part. Nothing I did towards him [meant I should] get tossed out of the game. I've seen a lot of times hitters talk to the umpires after a strikeout or pitch and never get done nothing to. To be talking to myself on the mound and to get thrown out, I didn't see the point of that."
Oswalt went back and looked at the tape of the incident to see if he had done something wrong, and he said it happened pretty much the way he thought it did while he was on the mound.
"I've read something where one of the umpires said I showed him up, but I felt he was showing me up coming out and taking his mask off and pointing at me, when I never even looked his way," Oswalt said. "During the time he was pointing at me, until I noticed he was coming around the catcher and started talking to me, I tried to explain to him I wasn't talking to him. I was upset with myself on that pitch more than anything else."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.