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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
MLB Suspends Umpire Joe West For PapelGate
File this one under: "Man Bites Dog". In a stunning turn of events,
Major League Baseball
has suspended umpire
(he of the country and western obsession) for
"grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer
This whole mess came about after Papelbon grabbed his crotch to salute booing Philly fans and was then ejected by West. The ensuing confrontation showed West clearly grabbing the closer's jersey—which apparently is a no-no. MLB Executive
said this about West, "
Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire."
was suspended seven games for the "grab"—West gets
game off without pay. Oh, the humanity!
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