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MLB Suspends Chris Volstad, Alex Sanabia, Gaby Sanchez and Edwin Rodriguez (among others)

 

               MLB has announced punishments for Wednesday's brawl between the Marlins and Nationals, and nine members of the two clubs, including both managers and a coach, received suspensions and/or fines.

                Here's the rundown:

                -- Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad, 6-game suspension plus fine

                -- Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia, 5-game suspension

                -- Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, 3-game suspension

                -- Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, 1-game suspension plus fine

                -- Marlins reliever Jose Veras, undisclosed fine

                -- Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan, 8-game suspension plus fine

                -- Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten, 3-game suspension

                -- Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach, 3-game suspension plus fine

                -- Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, 1-game suspension plus fine

                The league said that Volstad and Sanabia, who was cited for fighting, will not have to serve their suspensions at the same time, pending any appeals. All of the suspensions are to begin tonight, except for Sanabia's, which is scheduled to start next Wednesday. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out with the Marlins, who have six games over the next five days due to a doubleheader on Monday in Philadelphia. My guess is that Volstad will very likely appeal Friday's ruling and thereby delay his suspension in order to help the Marlins get through this busy stretch.

               Rodriguez will serve his suspension immediatley by sitting out tonight's game. By the way, the league said it disciplined Morgan for a "series of recent incidents," including what it said were "inappropriate gestures and comments towards the fans as he left the field following the incent" at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.

                Question: Do you think the punishments were fair?

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K-Man

I do not think Gaby should have been suspended, he was defending his teammate, if anything he should receive some time on WWE

mbaamin08

Actually, it would probably be better for Volstad to serve his suspension now. They could limit Miller's pitches tonight, bring him back on short rest for Volstad's start on Tuesday, have Volstad start Wednesday and Miller could then cover Sanabia's.

Stan M

There was logic to all of the suspensions except that of that of Gabby Sanchez. What was he supposed to do? Let that out of control nitwit put Volstad out of commission for the rest of the season? It's too bad that Morgan has gone off the deep end. I was a fan of his when he came up with Pittsburgh. A career minor leaguer who seemed to make the most of his advancement despite much hand wringing from the stat head crowd. Now his future is clouded at best. Personally, I would always make a double switch and put my starter in the OF. Then bring in my least important player to hit the batter and be thrown out of the game. Then the starter can be restored to his primary function.

juan yanes

PUNISHMENT SHOULD FALL ONLY OVER THE HEAD OF MORGAN AND RIGGLEMAN. MORGAN FOR INTENTIONAL AND ANTIPLAYER CRASH AGAINST CATCHER HAYES WHEN WAS MORE EASY MAKE AN SLIDE IN FRONT OF THE PLATE; RIGGLEMAN SHOULD BENCHED MORGAN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (BOTH WERE GUILTY OF AGGRESSION) THE OTHERS ONLY ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE

noah lanford

i think that the Marlins were defending their starting pitcher Cris Volstad and shouldnt be suspended for that.

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