Major League Baseball suspended Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon for seven games on Monday following his lewd gesture Sunday towards Phillies fans as he exited the field. Papelbon was ejected from the game for the incident and promptly got in the face of umpire Joe West. West responded by grabbing Papelbon and throwing him to the side.
Today, Major League Baseball suspended West for one game without pay for his actions. "Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player's lewd gesture to the fans," MLB Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre said in a statement. "I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can fully 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."
Papelbon still has five games remaining on his seven-game suspension.
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