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Gwynn tossed from San Diego State game

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2003

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tony Gwynn found out fast that some college umpires have a quicker thumb than the ones working in the majors.

Gwynn, ejected just once in his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, matched that total in only his ninth game as head coach at San Diego State.

He got tossed over a wardrobe mix-up, of all things. And it happened at Tony Gwynn Stadium, of all places.

Gwynn was thrown out of the Aztecs' home loss to Santa Clara in the top of the ninth inning Saturday when he walked onto the field to speak with umpire Ken Bayne about a lineup change.

''It was pretty much a case of Tony being in the right jacket but the umpire thinking he was in the wrong uniform,'' said Dave Kuhn, a San Diego State spokesman.

Gwynn came out in a black jacket, the team's new colors. But Bayne apparently thought the team's uniforms were still red.

Before Gwynn could speak, Bayne ordered him to put on a team jersey as required by NCAA rules. The two then argued and Gwynn was tossed.

''It was all very cordial until the umpire said, 'You're out of here,''' Kuhn said.

Before leaving the field, Gwynn went toe-to-toe with Bayne on the third base line.

''As he said, he got his money's worth,'' Kuhn said.

The Aztecs (4-5) lost the game 9-6.

Gwynn's only ejection in his major league career came April 17, 1988, when umpire Joe West threw him out of a game between the Padres and San Francisco Giants.



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