Pace-of-play fines perturb Yankees outfielder Gardner

Brett Gardner was fined US$3,500 for pace-of-play violations. (Reuters pic)

NEW YORK: New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner says he was fined “thousands of dollars” in June by Major League Baseball for breaking new rules regarding the pace of play.

Gardner said on Tuesday before a game against the Atlanta Braves that he’d told his agent to deal with the fines and leave him out of it. The New York Post reported that Gardner was fined about US$3,500 (RM14,200) in June.

“Nothing I say about that is going to do me any good,” he said.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones told Sirius XM Radio he was fined an estimated US$50,000 (RM200,000) last season for pace-of-play violations.

Gardner said he was fined for taking too long to get into the batter’s box.

“My agent started taking care of it,” Gardner said. “I told them ‘don’t talk to me about it’. I’ve got more things to worry about than taking three seconds too long to get to the box. Somebody else can (throw pickoff throws to first base) 27 times in a game and waste 15 minutes of everybody’s time, and I get fined thousands of dollars taking three seconds too long to get in the box.”