ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Apr 27, 2006 (AP)-- Top Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended indefinitely by the International League on Thursday, a day after throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.
"The Devil Rays organization supports the decision," said Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay's team's executive vice president of baseball operations.
The 20-year-old Young, brother of Detroit star Dmitri Young and considered one of the best players in the minors, was ejected in the first inning following a called third strike in the Durham Bulls' Triple-A game at Pawtucket, R.I.
When Young took his time leaving the batter's box, the umpire tossed him. Young then flipped his bat underhand and it sailed end over end, striking the umpire. The umpire, whose name was not released, did not appear injured and remained in the game.
Regular minor league umpires are on strike this season. Fill-ins umps most of them with college or high school experience have been working in their place. Minor league teams are not releasing the names of the replacements.
"It's an unfortunate incident and there should be no place for actions like that in the game of baseball," the umpire said in a statement released by Pawtucket. "Any official should not be treated like that. He embarrassed himself and his teammates."
After the game, Durham manager John Tamargo said he hadn't spoke to Young and hadn't "gotten his side of it."
"We've had some problems with different umpires and it's tough. But I can't say any more," he said.
Young left during the game and wasn't available for comment. The outfielder was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft and picked as the 2005 minor league player of the year by Baseball America.
"We do not tolerate this type of conduct from anyone in the Devil Rays organization," Friedman said. "We will meet with Delmon and his representatives as soon as possible to further address this unfortunate situation. It cannot and will not be repeated."
The Devil Rays were off Thursday and scheduled to play in Boston on Friday night.
**I love it...the coach said he needed to get Young's side of it....the damned thing is on tape...what side does he want-the poor sportsmanship, the temper tantrum, the totally uncalled for action of throwing a bat at an umpire, who, by the way, had his face mask off and this little boy could have seriously hurt him if the end of the bat got him in the face. What a great example for our kids....dont like the call, throw your bat. This kid obviously went to the Kenny Rogers School of Etiquette**