Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe
West after being ejected from the game against the Miami
Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept.
14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4.
NEW YORK —
Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for
grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan
Baseball executive Joe Torre said in a statement Wednesday that
West "admitted that there was a better way to handle the
suspended seven games and fined Monday for making a lewd gesture
and then bumping West. The right-hander has insisted he wasn't
making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to
boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of
Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
West ejected him
after the umpire thought Papelbon grabbed his crotch in response
to the jeers from the crowd.
understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting
aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the
situation," Torre said. "However, Joe knows that an
umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a
player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire."
West will serve
the suspension Wednesday night instead of working his assigned
game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays in St.