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05/02/09 5:20 PM ET

Manuel fined by MLB for delay of game

Santos took long route from 'pen to pinch-hit Wednesday

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball evidently didn't buy Jerry Manuel's explanation about the delay of the game Wednesday.

Bob Watson, the vice president of on-field operations for MLB, fined the Mets manager for "failure to comply with pace of game" regulations during the Mets game against the Marlins. Watson was acting in response to a complaint filed by Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Manuel said he was joking after the game Wednesday when he was trying to disrupt Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom when he summoned Omir Santos from the bullpen to pinch-hit. The Mets manager claimed Santos, who was wearing his spikes, didn't want to cut across the field, so the catcher walked gingerly through the concrete runway under the stands.

Manuel subsequently said Santos had sufficient notice to get to the plate in a timely manner.

"That's not what I do," the manager said. "The games are long enough."

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.