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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.