Umpire Joe West suspended for one game for his part in the Jonathan Papelbon incident

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Major League Baseball announced today that Joe West has been suspended for one game without pay for grabbing Jonathan Papelbon’s jersey during his game-ending display on Sunday. Joe Torre’s comment:

“Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player’s lewd gesture to the fans.  I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.  However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire.  I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation.  I consider this matter closed.”

 

He’ll serve his suspension tonight. He was slated to work the Yankees-Rays game.