MLB suspends Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon 7 games for incident Sunday

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Major League Baseball has come down hard on Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon following his obscene gesture toward fans while leaving the mound on Sunday. 

The suspension also carries a fine and is effective immediately, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Neither the Phillies or Papelbon plan to appeal. 

Following the gesture, Papelbon was ejected from the game by umpire Joe West, resulting in a heated exchange between the two. 

Papelbon had a closed-door meeting with manager Ryne Sandberg prior to Monday's game, though the Phillies declined to suspend the 33-year-old.

The five-time All-Star claimed that the gesture was unintentional, as he was adjusting himself. 

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7:51 PM

Phillies will not discipline Papelbon for obscene gesture

7:51 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has avoided any discipline from the Philadelphia Phillies for his crotch grabbing incident on Sunday. 

The Phillies closer, who claimed he was adjusting himself, made the gesture toward fans at Citizens Bank Park when walking off the mound after allowing four runs in the ninth inning. Umpire Joe West proceeded to walk over to the dugout and eject Papelbon from the game, inciting a confrontation between the pair that saw West grab the right-hander's jersey. 

While Papelbon has escaped discipline from the team, the league is still looking into the incident. 

11:53 AM

Phillies' Papelbon ejected after obscene gesture; MLB 'looking into' it

11:53 AM

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon will likely face some sort of sanction for confronting umpire Joe West after being ejected from Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins for directing an obscene gesture towards the frustrated crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the league is "looking into" the incident wherein Papelbon angrily rushed out of the dugout and made physical contact with West after being ejected in the ninth inning.


Papelbon, who was removed from the game after blowing his fourth save of the season, insisted his gesture was far more innocuous than it seemed.

"I had to make an adjustment and I did it," Papelbon said.

The 33-year-old was incredulous when West ejected him from the game, prompting an enraged reaction from the five-time All-Star.

"He basically came over and said that I did an inappropriate gesture, and I had no clue what he was talking about," Papelbon said. "That is when I got upset. I had no idea what he was talking about. I had no explanation. I was still obviously pretty heated from what had just transpired. Me and Joe we go way back. We don't see eye to eye a lot of times."

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Sept 14, 10:59 PM

Phillies' Papelbon makes obscene gesture to home fans after blowing save

Sept 14, 10:59 PM

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is in hot water after making a disrespectful gesture directed at the home fans on Sunday afternoon.

Papelbon came in to close out a 4-1 Phillies lead in the ninth inning, but was shelled for four runs on four hits by the Miami Marlins to take the loss, prompting him to vent his frustrations with a groin grab in response to a chorus of boos from the fans at Citizens Bank Park.

The gesture is most accurately depicted in the Monday edition of the Philadelphia Daily News.

The righty was then tossed by umpire Joe West, who was disgusted with the gesture. Papelbon also intentionally bumped him after being ejected, which could result in a suspension.

Papelbon previously taunted the home fans earlier this season after getting booed, stating "he enjoyed it" and "looks forward to it." He denied the gesture was intentional following the contest.