Tigers' Collins won't face suspension from MLB

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Tyler Collins will compete with JaCoby Jones and Anthony Gose for the center-field job in spring training.

Detroit — Major League Baseball will not suspend Tyler Collins for his obscene gesture directed at the fans in the sixth inning Monday night.

As first reported by MLB.com, the league investigated the incident and opted not to levy a suspension. It is yet unclear whether he will be fined, by the league or the Tigers.

Collins was not aware of the decision before the game.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Collins said. “It’s over. I earned whatever comes my way.”

Collins was booed after losing a fly ball in the lights. He responded with a demonstrative gesture and some choice expletives. He offered an emotional apology after the game.

“I’m absolutely embarrassed that happened and I am very sorry,” he said. “To everybody in Detroit. I just want you guys to understand, I love this team. I want to win. So when we come home and get booed, it’s tough to swallow.

“But like I said, I apologize completely. I’m embarrassed at myself. I know my family is embarrassed and I’m sure these guys are, too. I’m sorry it happened.”

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