Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies jerseys closer Jonathan Papelbon for seven games and fined him an undisclosed amount for making a lewd gesture toward fans on Sunday.
The 33 year old Papelbon will begin serving the suspension immediately.
Papelbon allowed four earned runs in the ninth inning Sunday as the Miami Marlins jerseys came from behind to beat the Phillies jerseys 5 4 at Citizens Bank Park. As Papelbon walked off the field to a chorus of boos, he grabbed his crotch and gestured to the hometown fans. Papelbon’s meltdown was complete when Umpire Joe West ejected the reliever.
On Monday, the Phillies jerseys released the a statement apologizing to their fans.
“The Phillies jerseys fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on field player behavior. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”
Papelbon defended his action saying he was just adjusting his cup.
In 64 appearances this year, Papelbon has saved 37 games in 41 chances.
VOTTO INCHING CLOSER
Lead: It was not much, but the sight of cheap Joey Votto jersey taking underhanded pitches was an encouraging one for the Cincinnati Reds jerseys.
It was not much, but the sight of cheap Joey Votto jersey taking underhanded pitches was an encouraging one for the Cincinnati Reds jerseys.
Out since early July with a distal strain of his left quadriceps, Votto joined the Reds jerseys for their three city trip that began in Milwaukee, and he is working out with the team.
“It’s day to day, station to station,” Reds jerseys manager Bryan Price said. “Everything he’s been doing has been increased effort from when he takes ground balls, moving laterally side to side, the running it’s just a progression.”
Even hitting flipped balls in an indoor batting cage is a cheap mlb jerseys big step for Votto, who landed on the disabled list twice this season with the same injury and is still hoping to return before the regular season ends in two weeks.
“Getting in there, it’s the first time I’ll get to work in the cage with (hitting coaches) Don Long and Lee Tinsley. That’s the final step before taking batting practice on the field,” Votto said Sunday before the Reds jerseys’ 9 2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers jerseys. “I definitely feel like I’ve been making tremendous progress.”
Votto signed a $12 year, $251.5 million contract in April 2012 and hit .312 with 38 home runs and 129 RBIs in a combined 273 games in 2012 and 2013. He has appeared in just 62 games this season, with his most recent action July 5, and he is hitting .255 with six homers and 23 RBIs.
MLB, UNION TO MEET
Bud Selig is taking a proactive approach to domestic violence after watching the NFL suffer immense public criticism over their policies over the last week.
The MLB commissioner will meet with the players’ union to discuss and agree upon specific discipline for any future domestic abuse cases.
“I constantly say that baseball is a social institution with very important social responsibilities,” Selig said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “Domestic violence is one of the one worst forms of societal conduct. We understand the responsibility of baseball to quickly and firmly address off field conduct by our players, even potentially in situations in which the criminal justice system does not do so. New York Mets jerseys right handed pitcher cheap Matt Harvey jersey threw his final simulated game as he works his way back from Tommy John elbow surgery before shutting things down for the season . Atlanta Braves jerseys catcher cheap Evan Gattis jersey met with team doctors before being held out for his seventh straight game due to a strep throat . A quadriceps injury will likely keep Houston Astros jerseys rookie outfielder cheap George Springer jersey out for the last two weeks of the season.