Jonathan Papelbon Suspended For Remainder Of Season For Assaulting Bryce Harper
Washington Nationals fans saw their wishes come true, sort of. Jonathan Papelbon was suspended for the remainder of the season for the fracas on Sunday in which Papelbon went after teammate Bryce Harper and tried to wring his neck like a Passover goose.
Late Sunday, Nationals' fans began tweeting monetary pledges -- the total reaching an excess of $1,000 -- if the Nationals would release Papelbon. Meanwhile, an informal poll of current and former MLB players by Fox Sports showed unanimous support of Paplebon over the incident.
Manager Matt Williams said Harper will miss today's game.
Some may see the suspension as a largely empty gesture, seeing that there are only seven games remaining in the regular season, and the Nationals were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday. Washington's remaining games will have virtually no effect on the National League standings. A statement from the Nationals:
"The behavior exhibited from Jonathan yesterday is not acceptable. This is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it any way."
The Washington Nationals have suspended RHP Jonathan Papelbon: pic.twitter.com/KYKHvllsaw
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 28, 2015
September seems to be Papelbon suspension season, and it's usually for seven games. On Sept. 14 of last season, Papelbon blew a save against the Miami Marlins and was booed by Phillies fans, then made an obscene gesture towards the stands. He was suspended for seven games by MLB.
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