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Phillies manager suspended

May 24, 2002 at 12:35 PM

PHILADELPHIA, May 24 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Phillies Manager Larry Bowa will miss his team's series with the Montreal Expos this weekend after being hit with a three-game suspension by the league for excessive arguing against Arizona on May 17.

Bowa will not appeal the suspension, which was handed down Thursday prior to the Phillies' series finale with the New York Mets.

Bowa was ejected in the eighth inning of the Phils' 12-9 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Following a series of disputed plays, Bowa had to be restrained from going after plate umpire Tony Randazzo by veteran umpire Bruce Froemming. Specifically, according to Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's Vice President of On-field Operations, he was suspended for "arguing excessively" and for making "inappropriate comments" to Randazzo.

Bowa accused Watson of having a vendetta against him and called the suspension "absurd."

Asked why he didn't appeal the decision if he felt so strongly, Bowa snapped, "They listen to one side of the story, and it wouldn't do any good."

Bench coach John Vukovich will run the team in Bowa's absence.

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