On April 25, 1981, Seattle Mariners manager Maury Wills is suspended for two games as punishment for ordering the grounds crew to enlarge the batter’s boxes at the Kingdome making it a foot closer to the mound. Wills had decided to tamper with the chalk lines after the Oakland A’s complained that Seattle’s Tom Paciorek repeatedly stepped out of the batter’s box while hitting. He never got to use this “advantage” before the game, A’s skipper Billy Martin shares his suspicions with the umpire Bill Kunkel, and the American League suspends the exposed Mariners manager for two games for ”doctoring the batter’s box”.

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