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Major League Baseball Disciplines Roger McDowell05/01/2011 12:54 PM ET
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been suspended for two weeks without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate conduct toward fans at the Saturday, April 23rd game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The suspension is retroactive to Friday, April 29th, when McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Club.
McDowell also will be required to participate in a sensitivity training program as a part of the discipline stemming from this matter. McDowell, who had requested last week to apologize directly to the fans involved in the incident, will do so now that the investigation has been completed. The fan involved, Justin Quinn, will be invited along with his family to attend a future San Francisco Giants game as guests of Major League Baseball. In addition, MLB will reach out to education programs that aim to promote tolerance and sensitivity.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: "Major League Baseball is a social institution that brings people together and welcomes all individuals of different races, religions, genders, national origins and sexual orientations into its ballparks. Conduct by people associated with MLB that shows insensitivity to others simply cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. McDowell is very contrite about his conduct, and hopefully this incident will be used to increase public awareness of the importance of sensitivity to others. I commend Justin Quinn and his family for bringing this issue to our attention so that it will not happen again in the future."
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