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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 19, 1978-Page 11

NEW YORK (AP) - Reggie Jackson
reacted calmly to being suspended by
New York Yankees Manager Billy Mar-
tin Monday night after he "disregarded
the manager's orders" and bunted in-
stead of swinging away in the 10th in-
nning of the Yankees' 9-7 loss to Kansas
"He doesn't want me around here, he
should be happy now," said a calm
Jackson when notified of Martin's
decision to suspend him. "Billy hasn't
spoken to me for a year and a half so
why should he talk to me now? Why
'm the manager and
he's the player. That's
the way it's gotta be.'
- Yankee manager
Billy Martin
should he tell me? Why should I talk to
JACKSON WAS batting after Thur-
man Munson singled with none out in
the 10th inning of a 5-5 game that Kan-
sas City eventually won 9-7 in 11 in-
nings. Third base coach Dick Houser
relayed the bunt sign from Martin to
Jackson on the first pitch from Kansas
City's Al Hrabosky.
The bunt sign was waived off on the
next pitch, but Jackson attempted to
bunt, eventually striking out.
"I can't win no matter what I do,"
Jackson said when told by newsmen of
his five-day suspension without pay.
"I come off as a big, greedy money-
maker. I'm not going to file a grievance
or a suit. I've been saying nothing but
'Yes, sir,' ever since I came here.
"IF IT WAS ME, I would have called
the player in, heard what he had to say,
then ruled accordingly," said Jackson.
Martin and Jackson nearly came to
blows in the dugout in Boston on
national television in June of last
season, and Jackson has been
periodically benched by Martin, in-
cluding in the fifth game of the 1977

gets ive
American League playoffs.
"I talked to Yankee owner George
Steinbrenner for an hour and a half this
afternoon,"said Jackson.
JACKSON SAID he had made
requests of Steinbrenner, but did not
threaten in any way, and Jackson said
Steinbrenner told him he would "do
what I can do in the situation."
After a lengthy meeting between
Martin and General Manager Cedric,
Tallis, the New York manager announ-
ced the suspension.
"He was told verbally by the third
base coach to swing," Martin read from
a hand-written statement. The bunt
sign was on the first pitch, which was a
ball, then was taken off. Jackson was
told to swing away but he said, 'I'll bunt
BEFORE HE learned of the suspen-
sion, Jackson said he had been told af-
American League
g ab r h pct.
Carew Min ......82 306 52 108 .353
Lynn Bsn .......81 293 46 97 .331
Lezcano Mil ....74 241 42 79 .328
Rice Bsn .........89 371 65 119 .321
Cubbage Min ...69 210 24 66 .314
Ystrzmski Bsn ..85 309 41 96 .311
Sundberg Tex ... 83 291 27 90 .309
Piniella NY .....64 227 31 70 .308
Rojackson Cl ... 73 257 32 79 .307
BBell Cle .......83 329 46 101 .307
Home Runs
Rice, Boston, 23; Baylor, California, 21;
Hise, Milwaukee, 20; Thornton,
Cleveland, 19; GAlexandr, Cleveland,
19; JThompson, Detroit, 19.
Runs BattedIn
Rice, Boston, 76; Staub, Detroit, 71;
JThompson, Detroit, 62; Hisle,
Milwaukee, 62; Thornton, Cleveland,
Pitching Decisions
Guidry, New York, 13-1, .929; Ecker-
sley, Boston, 11-2, .846; Romo, Seattle,
8-2, .800; Tiant, Boston, 7-2, .778; Gura,
Kansas City, 7-2, .778; Sosa, Oakland, 7-
2, .778; Lee, Boston, 10-3, .769; Gale,
Kansas City, 10-3, .769.

day suspension

ter striking out while attempting to
bunt that he could leave the bench
before the game ended by "one of
Billy's coaches."
Martin, who has frequently battled
with both Jackson and Steinbrenner,
said the suspension was the obvious

"I'm the manager and he's the
player. That's the way it's gotta be,"
Martin said calmly yesterday before
boarding the team bus for the airport.
"It was out-and-out defiance of my or-
ders, and that's not going to be
"Mr. Steinbrenner is behind me 100
per cent."
Apparently, however, Martin acted
on his own in suspending Jackson, one
of Steinbrenner's favorite players.
Steinbrenner reportedly called the
Yankee dugout following the 10th-
inning incident and was told Jackson
had bunted on his own and against or-
"They've paid me well here and I'm a
member of the team," noted Jackson as
he left Yankee Stadium.

Allen's skin slapped
for slapping Redskins
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The National Football League confirmed today that Coach
George Allen of the Los Angeles Rams had been fined $3,000 by Com-
missioner Pete Rozelle for public statements concerning his former club, the
Washington Redskins.
The Los Angeles Times had revealed the fine in Tuesday's editions.
The fine was levied, according to Rozelle's letter to Allen, for
"acrimonious and destructive statements" about the Redskins.
Allen also was cautioned by Rozelle for public statements that "verge on
tampering" with Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer.
Allen served as general manager and coach of the Redskins for seven
years until January 19th when he was fired. He then became Rams coach.
The Rams coach denied he had tampered with Kilmer, who has yet to sign
a contract with the Redskins.
Asked about the caution from Rozelle, Allen, in Fullerton, Calid., said, "Of
course we would want Kilmer. But there is no way we can get him. There has
not been any tampering."
Rozelle's letter said the fine was proposed by "continuation of direct
and personal attacks" on members of the Redskins' management. Allen had
been quoted in one published story after leaving the Redskins that Edward
Bennett Williams, Washington president, was "petty, mean and vindictive."
In his letter Rozelle gave Allen credit for the Redskins' onfield success,
but added that "unfortunately your performance away from the playing
field fills us with dissatisfaction."

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