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Washington Apparently Likes His Pennies



    Say what you want about Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, but he's one of the game's most interesting characters, and that can't really be debated.

    He runs in place in the dugout during exciting moments, he drives an old Cadillac, he's rebuilding his house in New Orleans that was destroyed by Katrina, he used cocaine, good and bad, the list goes on.

    Back in 2011, Washington was fined $200 for not leaving the dugout of a spring training game after being ejected for arguing a call. When it came time to pay the piper, Washington sent a package containing 20,000 pennies to the MLB offices in New York.

    According to numerous outlets, the shipping charge was $45, but it was worth it to make a statement and make the MLB folks hit up the nearest Coinstar machine (if those even exist anymore).

    Bob Watson, the MLB vice president in charge of discipline, reportedly called Washington after he received the package to see if a guy really had 20,000 pennies just laying around.

    "Yes, Bob. I didn't have my checkbook," Washington told Watson. "I wasn't trying to be funny. Now go to the bank and put that in the [change] machine and get your $200."