Toronto — Visiting teams at Fenway Park will be required to wait until the umpires come off the field before going into the dugout walkway post-game, according to what a major league source says was the result of verbal sparring between some members of John Gibbons’ coaching staff and the crew that worked the Toronto Blue Jays series with the Boston Red Sox last week.
Umpires exit through the visitors dugout and use the same tunnel at the 103-year-old ballpark, and after Russ Martin was rung up on a strike three to end a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox in the series finale on Wednesday, members of Bill Miller’s umpiring crew and the Blue Jays coaching staff started yelling at each other.
“It was nothing you don’t see on the field,” said the source. “It didn’t last long. Bunch of guys chirping at each other.”
There was no indication fines would be levied against the Blue Jays’ coaches.
The incident was first reported by Peter Gammons.