Brett Gardner fined for playing too slowly

Brett Gardner won’t be able to continue taking his time getting into the batter’s box, or he will continue to feel it in his wallet.

The veteran outfielder has been fined roughly $3,500 for six violations of baseball’s pace-of-play policy, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. One of the fines was for $2,000.

Baseball began warning and fining players for these violations in 2015. The names of the players fined do not get released by MLB. In 2017, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said he had been fined “almost 50 grand or something like that.”

A new rule was established this year limiting teams to six mound visits without a pitching change per game. Between-inning breaks and pitching changes were also shortened.

Gardner, 34, is in the final year of a four-year, $52 million deal. He has an option for $12.5 million next year that is controlled by the Yankees.

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