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Nyjer Morgan suspended eight games for role in Nats-Marlins brawl

Nationals center fielder and recent magnet to controversy Nyjer Morgan has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for his role in Wednesday's bench-clearing brawl in Miami and two other recent incidents, MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson announced.

The league also cited Morgan for "unnecessarily" running into Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson last Saturday and directing "inappropriate" comments towards fans at Sun Life Stadium in the 10th inning of the Nationals' loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

The suspension is in addition to the seven-game suspension Morgan is appealing for throwing a ball into the stands in Philadelphia. The league will weight Morgan's punishment independently of today's eight-game suspension.

MLB also suspended Manager Jim Riggleman two games "for his aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident and for the intentional actions of his pitcher [Doug] Slaten after a warning had been issued earlier in the game," according to the announcement from MLB. Riggleman also was fined an undisclosed amount for his comments about the incident by former Nationals Manager Frank Robinson, now an MLB lieutenant. He is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday and Saturday.

The league suspended Slaten for three games for plunking first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who clotheslined Morgan in the brawl. Third base coach Pat Listach was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for his role in the brawl. His suspension is scheduled to begin on Sunday so as not to overlap with Riggleman's. Listach leaped on Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad, who had hit Morgan, but did not throw any punches.

Others suspended for their actions in the brawl were Marlins Manager Edwin Rodriguez (one game); Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad (six games); Marlins right-hander Alejandro Sanabia (five); and Sanchez (three).

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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Not much in the way of surprises there. MLB kind of had to do something.

Posted by: NatsFly | September 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little surprised Sanchez didn't get more for his clothesline move...

Posted by: cdstej | September 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If Nyjer files any more appeals, he's going to have to hire Alan Dershowitz.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, questions, questions:

Can a team release a player who's currently suspended?

Has any player ever had two suspensions at the same time?

Has Nyjer achieved the MLB record yet for most times picked off in a season?

I do believe we're setting some records here, albeit of a dubious nature.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

there goes the pennant...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So if they don't suspend him for the Philly thing by then, that makes the Sunday Marlins game Welcome Back, Plush Day.
I think his hearing is before then, though, isn't it? Riggleman would probably sit him for that game anyway, I suspect.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little surprised Sanchez didn't get more for his clothesline move...

Posted by: cdstej | September 3, 2010 1:31 PM

'Clothesline' really is an exaggeration. God knows what he was trying to do, but he ran into Morgan. He weighs about a 75 pounds more than Nyjer so the results were predictable.

Suspensions seem about right to me, though I would have given Riggs and Rodriguez one each, not 2 and 1.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

In all seriousness, this has been brewing all season. Riggleman and Rizzo refused to accept that Nyjer has something wrong with him this season, something very wrong. They blissfully clung to the hope that he would transform back to 2009 Nyjer.

But by not punishing him earlier in the season for his many transgressions (pick offs, cut off man avoidance; odd base running decisions; temper tantrums etc etc), they set in motion the events of the past 10 days.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It's not like the guy fabricated a twitter post. Geez, cut him some slack.

Posted by: wahoo2x | September 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree about Sanchez. I don't see why he was not ejected on the spot.
I know they are trying to stop Basebrawl.

Posted by: londongr | September 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Morgan basically says "no comment" when asked about his relationship with Riggleman. Can there be any doubt that he's gone?

IMO Riggleman has handled this in an equally poor way. He may be gone too.

I would not be opposed to Listach getting the job. Better than some retread old-timer.

Posted by: sjt1455 | September 3, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Somebody send some medicine down to Atlanta for our buddy, dargramps. He ain't gonna be happy...

Posted by: baltova1 | September 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The only suspensions I even remotely agree with are those for Morgan and almost everyone on the Marlins.

Listach wasn't trying to fight, he was trying to make sure Nyjer Morgan didn't get killed by Volstad. Was he supposed to just let his player get pummelled?

Also, a six game suspension for a starting pitcher is stupid and meaningless. Suspend him for six *starts* and then it actually makes a difference.

Posted by: zaph | September 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little surprised Sanchez didn't get more for his clothesline move...

Posted by: cdstej | September 3, 2010 1:31 PM

'Clothesline' really is an exaggeration. God knows what he was trying to do, but he ran into Morgan. He weighs about a 75 pounds more than Nyjer so the results were predictable.

Suspensions seem about right to me, though I would have given Riggs and Rodriguez one each, not 2 and 1.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know -- of the entire affair, Sanchez seemed to land the most solid blow. And he went after a defenseless player -- at least with Nyjer and Volstad the two were head on, face to face. Sanchez's looks like a cheap shot to me (if he merely wanted to "protect" his pitcher, he could have wrapped Nyjer up and/or tackled him in a bear hug). You note the weight difference - it would have been easy to accomplish protecting others without taking his own shot. I think that's at least half as bad as Nyjer's own actions.

Posted by: cdstej | September 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Has Nyjer achieved the MLB record yet for most times picked off in a season?

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 1:38 PM

He doesn't even lead MLB this season. Denard Span and BJ Upton have been picked off more. Ryan Braun and Joey Votto tied with Morgan at 3.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Kev29 - astonishing

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

cdstej - I'm not saying that Sanchez didn't have malicious intentions - just that giving him credit for landing a 'clothesline' is an exaggeration. He just plowed into Morgan.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Kev29 - astonishing

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:00 PM

Of course, some of those pick-offs are disguised in the caught stealing category, which he does lead (with Juan Pierre).

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Ladson quotes Nyjer: "Man, they threw the book at me."

They also threw one behind him.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3mysofa The hearing for the Philly suspension, if I'm not mistaken is September 7th so it is highly unlikely that Morgan will be playing in the return bount @ Nats Ark next weekend.

Now the questions I have is how did Sanchez and Volstad get off so light? What did Sanabia do to earn so much? And what did Riggleman say to Robinson to earn a fine?

Posted by: CapsNut | September 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Call em Rizzo's Raiders. Love those high character guys. Where's Elijah Dukes when you need em.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - Riggleman told reporters that he assembled the team during the game and asked them if they wanted to throw at a Marlin after Nyjer was hit the first time. Not very smart.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If the pending 7 game suspension holds up, then Nyjer's first game back is 9/20, which is the first game of the last homestand, leaving 14 games to play.

Q: Can he continue to workout at Nationals Park during his suspension? If not, then rust would be an understatement. And if that's the case, why bother? Wondering if this is the last that we've seen Nyjer in a Nats uniform.

Posted by: joemktg1 | September 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope that he will not get off the hook for his Philly suspense which will mean that Nyjer will be gone a total of 15 games. Will give the Nats time to figure out that they don't need him and will dump him.

Posted by: Golfersal | September 3, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm sure Morgan will use those 8 games he's out to practice his routes to outfielfd fly balls.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | September 3, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

More Ladson quoting Nyjer: "I feel I haven't done anything."

Good grief.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - Riggleman told reporters that he assembled the team during the game and asked them if they wanted to throw at a Marlin after Nyjer was hit the first time. Not very smart.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

You may have misunderstated the dumb there.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | September 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

MLB - what a bunch of fools. Slaten, a reliever gets 3 games for one plunk and that idiot Volstad, a starter, gets 6 games which is one start for plunking 3 1/2 batters.

One hit batter was fine, but two? At that point, a Nats pitcher should have plunked a marlin and both benches would have been warned at that point and the whole episode would have never of happened. Volstad deserves at least 3 missed starts or 15 games and the marlins manager deserves a whole lot more too. The marlins said they were all talking about morgan disrespecting them which had to come from the manager.

Posted by: james67 | September 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I like Nyjer but I'm guessing his career with the Nats is over. I'm wondering will Nyjer's suspension force the Nats to call up someone from the minors they weren't planning to call up or will the team go with Bernadina, Morse, Maxwell, Harris and Mench in the outfield for the rest of the season ?

Who will be the Nats CF next season, Bernadina, or someone else ?

Posted by: 4U2Know | September 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Nyjer. He makes too many mental mistakes despite his physical gifts.

Nevertheless, I think it is totally ridiculous for Volstad to be suspended for less time than Nyjer. It was his decision to throw at Nyjer again (and there is no question it was deliberate) that was the catalyst for the whole incident. Volstad should have received the longest suspension.

Posted by: bbigtim | September 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Mench can barely run, much less play a position. I would think they would bring up someone, perhaps even Michael Burgess.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Listach is not the only one who didn't throw any punches. Other than Nyjer's wild haymaker, which I think missed, did anybody actually throw a punch? Did anybody land one? Is "brawl" the right word for these times when everybody runs in from the bench and the bullpen, stands around shoving people for a while, and then goes back to their places? If the guys in the bullpen want to fight, why don't they do it out there? Why do they run in, often side by side, from the pen, so that things are pretty much under control by the time they arrive, then walk back out, side by side? I'm not saying it's WWF, but it's sure not hockey.

Posted by: markfromark | September 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Bbigtim - don't forget that Nyjer's suspension is for 3 separate incidents, according to MLB.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Who will be the Nats CF next season, Bernadina, or someone else ?

Posted by: 4U2Know
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Bernadina, but Austin Kearns will be a free agent!

Posted by: joemktg1 | September 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - Riggleman told reporters that he assembled the team during the game and asked them if they wanted to throw at a Marlin after Nyjer was hit the first time. Not very smart.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM
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Beyond dumb: it demonstrates lack of leadership. This is not a friggin' democracy. Get assertive and make the damn call. Jeez...

Posted by: joemktg1 | September 3, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think swanni's right. Morgan's suspension appears to also take into consideration his other actions before the fight, which is why it's longer. Sanabia earned his suspension for throwing punches in the pile (he was the guy yanked out of there by Adam Dunn).

Posted by: baltova1 | September 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

15 games. Damn Nyjer can go on one heck of a vacation and return refreshed and rejuvinated.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman after the game:

"They made the decision to throw at Nyjer and then the question is do we throw at them," Riggleman said. "I got some of my veteran players together and said, 'It's your ball club, if you want someone getting thrown at, I'll order it right now,' and everybody said, 'No, it's over.' That being the case, when they threw at him a second time, then it's not over."

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

You read that quote from Riggleman and it tells you a lot about what's wrong with this team. He's not in control and it explains why he has let Nyjer Be Nyjer all season.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"It's not like the guy fabricated a twitter post. Geez, cut him some slack."

Nor did he make disparaging remarks about women in the stands.

Oh, wait. He did.

Posted by: FeelWood | September 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Listach is not the only one who didn't throw any punches. Other than Nyjer's wild haymaker, which I think missed, did anybody actually throw a punch? Did anybody land one?
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Volstad threw and landed quite a few. After the clothesline Volstad went on top of Morgan and started punching (UFC style) which is why Listach ran in.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | September 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

In honor of Morgan’s suspension, I will move my Nyjer bobblehead to the back of the shelf.

Speaking of which, my 2 favorite Nats bobbles so far are Nyjer and Dmitri Young. Yikes!! What a pair.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | September 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

don't wanna see Nyjer anymore...he's toast, and his shtick is old....and I don't see the need to watch Maxwell either. We know what he can (and can't)do. Put Bernie, Morse and someone from the Minors in there for the balance of the season...

Posted by: 1of9000 | September 3, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The best news is that Listach is suspended for 3 games -- we may actually score some runs with that meathead out of the 3B coach's box when he serves his time. Anybody note that Willingham's decline (9 for his next 50, 0 HRs) started the same time Listach held up Dunn very late at 3B on July 11 (with the CF having already dropped the ball), forcing Willingham to have to jam on the brakes hard 1/2 way to 3B and scramble back to 2B? Did his knee go that day?

Sign Dunn, dump Listach.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | September 3, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of which, my 2 favorite Nats bobbles so far are Nyjer and Dmitri Young. Yikes!! What a pair."

You need the Jose Guillen bobblehead from 2006 to complete the trifecta.

Posted by: FeelWood | September 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

You need the Jose Guillen bobblehead from 2006 to complete the trifecta.

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Touche! The 3 Stooges?


Posted by: gonatsgo1 | September 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If we get a legit manager next year, all coaches will probably be replaced anyway. I think Valentine would be good, but I actually like Kevin Kennedy.

Posted by: goexpos2 | September 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - Riggleman told reporters that he assembled the team during the game and asked them if they wanted to throw at a Marlin after Nyjer was hit the first time. Not very smart.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM
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Beyond dumb: it demonstrates lack of leadership. This is not a friggin' democracy. Get assertive and make the damn call. Jeez...

Posted by: joemktg1
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Dead right both of you.
Just one more example, and a serious example, of the lack of leadership and management of this team.

Of all the offseason moves we may or may not make, bringing Riggleman back is the only one that will depress me.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - Riggleman told reporters that he assembled the team during the game and asked them if they wanted to throw at a Marlin after Nyjer was hit the first time. Not very smart.

Posted by: swanni | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM
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Beyond dumb: it demonstrates lack of leadership. This is not a friggin' democracy. Get assertive and make the damn call. Jeez...

Posted by: joemktg1
********************************
Dead right both of you.
Just one more example, and a serious example, of the lack of leadership and management of this team.

Of all the offseason moves we may or may not make, bringing Riggleman back is the only one that will depress me.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Nah - if there was something stupid here, it was talking publicly about it because that's that led to his fine. But polling the team's veterans and clubhouse leaders about how to respond to an attack is good leadership, not bad. Would Buck in Ballmer ask anyone's opinion? Of course not, but that's why he wears out his welcome (almost) as fast as Nyjer everyplace he's been... Sitting in an ivory tower leading by solely by fiat is the worst kind of leadership.

Posted by: cdstej | September 3, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Best post on this thread: "There goes the pennant."

I think we can also say "there goes Nyjer," and probably add Riggleman sooner or later to the MIA list.

The more I consider all these events, the more I like what's going to come out of all this.

Posted by: JohnRDC | September 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I am going to say right here that I am proud of Doug Slaten

Posted by: geai | September 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It seems a bit unfair to pull in a bunch of otherwise nothing incidents and decide to lump them all into a suspension for charging the mound. How do you defend yourself when they've mixed a whole bunch of stuff in and it is unclear what punishment is associated with which act?

I'm a bit confused by MLB's logic in awarding the punishments. This incident is 100% the Marlins fault. They had no legitimate beef with Morgan. The play on the weekend did not effect them, the play at the plate was legitimate and stealing bases is part of the game. They instigated the problem by hitting three Nationals with pitches, tried for a fourth and got away with a very dirty shot in the scrum that resulted. Since everyone likes the hockey analogy where Nyger is concerned, in hockey Sanchez would be the "third man in" and would have been pegged as the villain. I guess Sanchez knows that Volstead is a bit of a weakling and needed defending from a guy half his size. Volstead's a "girl's blouse" as a British friend of mine used to say. So how do the Nats end up with the bulk of the sanctions?

Once again MLB proves itself incompetent when meting out discipline. Maybe they need a guy under 500 years old taking care of that portfolio.

Posted by: lesatcsc | September 3, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I am going to say right here that I am proud of Doug Slaten

Posted by: geai | September 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Second that

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

FREE NYJER! FREE NYJER! FREE NYJER!

Posted by: amstphd | September 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

When all of these players and coaches return from their suspension, they deserve a round of applause at Nats Park.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Morgan should be made to spend every minute of the time at St E's....psycho knucklehead....ans as for Sanchez...how 'bout giving him Reggie Bush's Heisman...for a great clothesline hit......BRAVO !!!!!!

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | September 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Wes Helms should be suspended for his ridiculous and antagonistic comments as well. What a doof he is.

Posted by: AsstGM | September 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

cdstej, I could not disagree more about your description of Riggleman's leadership ability. Look, NOBODY in NatsTown hates the Baltimorons more than I do, but perpetual LOSER Riggleman couldn't hold Buck Showalter's jock!! The guy turns teams around wherever he goes. I don't care that he's overbearing sometimes or a SOB, I just wish that he was our manager.

One thing that's indisputable, Showalter would NEVER enable a knucklehead like Morgan. Riggs has allowed Nyjer to do whatever he wants all season without any accountability!! PLEASE, Mike Rizzo, do whatever it takes to convince the Lerners to pay for a quality manager like Bobby Valentine. IMO, this team will never take the next step forward as long as double-switch Riggs is still around!!

Posted by: OldSkoolDiehard | September 3, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This guy was just a showboating idiot before. Now he's a flat-out sociopath. The Nationals organization and manager continued to play him and look the other way despite the fact that he's a dangerous creep. They are a front office full of losers and enablers. The scumbag is lucky he didn't get his face smashed in by the first baseman, but the most disappointing aspect of the brawl is that Verstad missed him with the last pitch.

Posted by: Bob113 | September 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

morgan is an absolute cancer and should be removed from baseball permanently. that type of anger and aggression has no place in this game. The league needs to step up and do their job....8 games for that kind of pattern behavior come on. if the nationals want that kind of image then have at it, they should drop him. Tell him to try mma if he wants to brawl, step up with the big boys.

Posted by: kevsutherland1 | September 6, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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