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Morgan gets an eight game suspension for the Marlins brawl

Sep 3, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

Heyman just tweeted it.*  Those eight games are in addition to the seven he got for his previous jackassery. As we learned a bit ago, his appeal will be heard next Friday. One would assume that appeals of both suspensions would be heard at the same time.

Also suspended as a result of that game: Chris Volstad: 6 games; Alex Sanabia 5, Gaby Sanchez 3, and Doug Slaten 3. UPDATE: Jim Riggleman was suspended for two games too, apparently meaning that the Marlins can, in fact, tell him when to run.

Volstad obviously threw at Morgan, so I get his suspension. I hadn’t noticed what Sanabia and Slaten were doing. Sanchez, of course, had the flying forearm smash.  Maybe that was a bit much, but I would think the awesomeness of the move would offset the punishment.  Oh well.

*Note: I am not off Heyman’s double secret probation list. Someone re-tweeted it.

  1. Kevin S. - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Craig, did you finally give in and get the Bat-handle for following Heyman?

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Nope. Someone re-tweeted it.

  3. David W - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I was expecting 10…It’ll be interesting to see how the appeal goes

  4. murd - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    I asked this in the other thread, but do you think Sanchez’s suspension is warranted? Was he over the top, or was he just protecting his pitcher?

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I thought it was excessive force on Sanchez’s part. There are ways of breaking up fights and protecting your pitcher short of flying forearms.
    Not that it wasn’t cool.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    So what’s the morale of the story, kids? You can be hit by a pitch as often as a pitcher from the other team wants. Keep your mouth shut, go to first base, don’t even THINK about trying to steal second, or GOD FORBID, third, or else you will be hit again. And when you do thrown at again, just stay at the plate and stand there until you eventually get hit. Because if you do anything at all to protect yourself, you will be suspended for the most amount of games. Pretty pathetic if you ask me. But what else do you expect from a league that suspended the guy 7 games for playfully throwing a ball into the stands, which happens hundreds of times a week.

  7. hnirobert - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    I believe Slaten’s suspension is probably for throwing at Gaby AFTER the brawl had ended and the game had resumed.

  8. jo jo is smiling - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    You are a little off base here….the guy is a pete rose hot dog wanna be…he purposely went after 2 catchers when it was obviously not in the best interest of the game being played. He cost his team a chance at runs and needlessly injured an oponent.
    The fact the the ump did not issue warnings after the 1st time (an d 2 subsequent hit batsmen) is an indication that they were trying to tell the kid something. He needs to learn to play baseball and not brawlball or hockey.
    And..when you are 11 runs down, you should not be stealing bases…you need runners on base and runs (not oportunities to run yourself OUT of an inning).

  9. Saints97 - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Thankfully, Chris, the people that hand out suspensions understand the game better than you do.

  10. ronniem - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    I am not surprised at all that Sanchez got suspended, his method of protecting the pitcher was obviously excessive, but the strange thing was that he somehow escaped ejection from the game itself and was still around to be thrown at an inning after the brawl. I’m not sure why the game umps didn’t toss him immediately.

  11. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    What does ANY of what you said have to do with the Marlins hitting him once and throwing behind him the second time? if it is so eggregious stealing when down in a ballgame, then why wouldn’t his manager remove him? Stupid to steal? Absolutely. But that’s not the business of the Marlins, who were AHEAD.
    Yeah, he’s a hot dog, and an idiot. There are plenty of those in baseball who don’t get suspended. The only thing he did wrong was plow over the Cardinals catcher. The Marlins guy HAD HIS FOOT ON THE FRIGGING PLATE!!!! Geeze, you guys are making it sound like he went 5 feet out of the way to hit the guy.

  12. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM


  13. Gobias Industries - Sep 3, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Nada for Pat Listach?

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    That’s in the ballpark of what I expected. It may be reduced on appeal, but I think it is not just for this situation. I think it takes into account the unnecessary catcher smackdowns, too.

    As for the 7-gamer, That will probably be reduced based on evidence that it wasn’t intentional.

  15. Gobias Industries - Sep 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Forget it, just saw the earlier post.

  16. Utley's hair - Sep 3, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Where’s your evidence of that?

  17. Saints97 - Sep 3, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    I am shocked that so many people can be so ignorant of baseball. Of course, Riggleman and Morgan count on your ignorance, and you so willfully oblige. For all of you who think it is always okay to steal, what do you think the Nat’s would have done if the Marlins had stolen while leading by 11? If your answer is not “get terribly offended and throw at someone,” then you are wrong. And the rule in baseball is that if you don’t want the other team stealing on you, you shouldn’t steal on them.
    Morgan knew he was instigating when he swiped those two bases. He knew he’d get thrown at again. And I can guarantee you that he already knew he’d be charging the mound when he did get hit again. It just took his feeble mind a bit to process the fact that the pitcher missed.
    Believe me, no one in either dugout was surprised when Volstad threw at him the second time, least of all Jim Riggleman. But after what Riggleman said, I really hope that the next team that is up on him by 11 runs decides to steal, hit and run, and bunt. Riggleman painted himself into a corner with his stupid words.

  18. SpankMonkey - Sep 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    he a gangsta punk … back to the ghetto

  19. NickT - Sep 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    9-1-10: With the Nationals losing 14-3 in the fourth inning with one out, Morgan steals second and third. Nationals lose 16-10.
    5-16-06: With the Yankees losing 10-2 in the third inning with one out, Jeter steals third. Yankees win 14-13.
    Was Jeter wrong? What am I saying, Jeter can’t be wrong, so it must be okay when you’re down by eight early in the game instead of 11.
    Jeter went 4/5 in that game and hit a HR in a later at bat. No HBP.

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