Nationals suspend Jonathan Papelbon for four games

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The Nationals just issued a statement announcing that they have suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games. This, combined with his three game suspension for hitting Manny Machado last week — which Papelbon has now decided to accept, likely under pressure from the team — means that his season is over.

In the statement Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said “the behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable. That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way.”

A big question now is what the Nats intend to do with Papelbon next year, for which he is under contract. A bigger question is how a Major League Baseball team doesn’t understand how baseball works. At least, according to some anonymous veterans.