09/03/2010 1:12 PM ET
Discipline issued to Nationals, Marlins
Washington's Morgan suspended for eight games
Major League Baseball has issued discipline to Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan for a series of recent incidents this week and to other members of the Nationals and the Florida Marlins as a result of the on-field incidents that occurred in the Wednesday, September 1st game between the two Clubs at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Morgan was involved in three separate incidents this week, resulting in an eight-game suspension and an undisclosed fine. On Saturday, August 28th at Nationals Park, Morgan unnecessarily ran into St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson in the bottom of the eighth inning. On Tuesday, August 31st at Sun Life Stadium, Morgan directed inappropriate comments toward the fans during the 10th inning. On Wednesday, September 1st, Morgan charged the mound in the top of the sixth inning, fought during the ensuing bench-clearing incident and directed inappropriate gestures and comments towards the fans as he left the field following the incident. This discipline is in addition to the seven-game suspension and undisclosed fine issued to Morgan for his inappropriate actions in the Saturday, August 21st game at Philadelphia. Morgan appealed the suspension, issued on August 25th, and thus the discipline is being held in abeyance until the process is complete.
Discipline has been issued to others as a result of the September 1st incident. Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Morgan on two occasions and for fighting during the bench-clearing incident. Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia has received a five-game suspension for fighting during the bench-clearing incident. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez has received a three-game suspension for his aggressive actions and fighting during the bench-clearing incident. Marlins pitcher Jose Veras has been fined for his aggressive actions and comments during the incident.
Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten has received a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Sanchez in the bottom of the seventh after a warning had been issued in the sixth inning.
The suspensions of all players are scheduled to begin tonight, unless appealed, with the exception of Sanabia, whose suspension is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, pending appeal, in order to avoid overlapping with Volstad's scheduled suspension. If any players choose to appeal, their discipline will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
In addition, the two managers have been disciplined as a result of the September 1st incident. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount. Watson cited Riggleman for his aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident and for the intentional actions of his pitcher Slaten after a warning had been issued earlier in the game. Frank Robinson, Senior Vice President of Major League Operations, has imposed an additional fine to Riggleman for his inappropriate comments regarding the incident. Riggleman is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday and Saturday, when the Nationals are to play at Pittsburgh. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident. Rodriguez is scheduled to serve his suspension tonight, when the Marlins are to host the Atlanta Braves.
Nationals third base coach Pat Listach has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident. In order to avoid overlapping with the suspension of Riggleman, Listach's suspension will be scheduled to begin on Sunday, when the Nationals are scheduled to continue their series at Pittsburgh.