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

Joe West Jonathan Papelbon

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.