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Zimmer Claims He's Tossed, Then Is Ejected

April 18, 1985|United Press International

Chicago third base coach Don Zimmer charged Wednesday he was lifted up by the neck and shoved aside by umpire Joe West in the seventh inning of the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.

Zimmer had to be restrained from hitting the third-base umpire after the play in which Keith Moreland, attempting to stretch a double into a triple, was out. Moreland knocked in three runs to give the Cubs the win.

West insisted he "didn't do anything wrong" and crew chief Doug Harvey said a report would be made to the National League office for any action against Zimmer.

Zimmer was immediately ejected after the incident.

"I've never had that happen to me before," Zimmer said. "I've been pushed and I've even been spiked but I have never been lifted off the ground like that."

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