Nine men out after wild brawl
Nyjer Morgan’s wild week has landed him an eight-game suspension, one of nine punishments handed out yesterday by Major League Baseball following a brawl between the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins.
MLB suspended Nationals outfielder Morgan and fined him an undisclosed amount for three separate incidents over the past week. The penalty is in addition to a seven-game suspension he received Aug. 25 that is currently under appeal.
Six players, both managers and a coach were cited after a review of Wednesday night’s odd and ugly game in Miami, won, 16-10, by the Marlins. Florida pitcher Chris Volstad was suspended for six games, pitcher Alex Sanabia for five, first baseman Gaby Sanchez for three, and manager Edwin Rodriguez for one. Volstad and Rodriguez also were fined, as was pitcher Jose Veras.
All the Marlins players who were issued suspensions plan to appeal. Same for the Nationals.
“Whether I believe it’s fair or not doesn’t really matter,’’ Sanchez said. “You’re going to get punished, especially when a brawl like that happens.’’
For Washington, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended for three games, and manager Jim Riggleman for two games. Riggleman and Listach also were fined.
“I’m a little surprised at [the suspensions and fines] overall,’’ Riggleman said. “I thought they were a little heavy, certainly heavier than I expected.’’
All but two of the suspensions were scheduled to begin yesterday. Sanabia’s suspension was set to begin Wednesday to avoid overlapping with fellow pitcher Volstad’s, and Listach’s suspension is scheduled to begin tomorrow to avoid overlapping with Riggleman’s.
Rodriguez was serving his suspension yesterday, with bench coach Brandon Hyde tabbed to manage Florida against Atlanta. Rodriguez said Volstad would next start on Tuesday, and Sanchez didn’t expect the appeals to be heard until the Marlins — get this — visit Washington next weekend.
But the focus is overwhelmingly on Morgan.
His current spate of notoriety began Aug. 21, when he threw a ball at a fan in the stands in Philadelphia. The appeal of his seven-game suspension for that misdeed is scheduled to be heard Tuesday.