|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 11, 1996:
At John Franco Day at Shea Stadium, the veteran reliever celebrates by being ejected in the 5th inning following a vicious benches-clearing brawl between the Mets and the Cubs. The brawl, which lasts 18 minutes, starts when Mets' P Pete Harnisch reaches around ump Greg Bonin to punch Cubs' C Scott Servais. There are nine ejections, including Servais and Harnisch, who will receive an eight game suspension and a $1,000 fine for his punch. Mets bullpen coach Steve Swisher, also ejected, will get a 2-game suspension. Fortunately for the Mets, Rico Brogna was only punched, and he hits back with his 2nd homer, to win, 7–6 in the 9th inning. Brogna adds a triple and double on the afternoon. In 1996, National League umps will toss 101 players, a decrease of 11 tosses from 1995; American League umps will eject 75 during the year, down from 93 in 1995. |
» May 31, 1999:
The Cardinals defeat the Marlins, 5-2. With St. Louis leading 4-1 in the 5th inning, Marlin OF Cliff Floyd doubles off the scoreboard. When Florida argues that the ball cleared the wall, the umpires change and rule the hit a home run. The Cardinals then protest and the game is delayed for five minutes while umpires Frank Pulli and Greg Bonin study replays of the hit on videotape. The call is eventually reversed and ruled a double. The Marlins play the game under protest, though there is no mention of replay in the rule books.
» June 17, 2000:
The Pirates defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Home plate umpire Greg Bonin suffers a concussion in the 8th inning when a foul ball by Wil Cordero strikes him in the mask.