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Roger McDowell “all but certain” to be suspended by MLB

Apr 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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The Braves placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave yesterday while they investigate allegations that he made homophobic comments, crude gestures and threatened a fan with a baseball bat at AT&T Park in San Francisco last Sunday.

McDowell apologized Wednesday in a statement released by the Braves, but Ken Rosenthal of writes this morning that he is “almost certain” to be suspended by major league baseball. While veteran pitching coach Dave Wallace has taken over for McDowell on an interim basis, Rosenthal hears that he is unlikely to be fired by the Braves.

Though McDowell is not a current player, there is at least some precedent for a potential punishment from MLB. Former Braves reliever John Rocker was suspended for the first 28 games of the 2000 season after making his infamous comments about New York in Sports Illustrated. The suspension was reduced to 14 games following an appeal.

  1. luckywi - Apr 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    If McDowel thought he was being heckled before, wait until he comes back from this suspension. And The thing that seems to get lost in this whole mess, is that the whole issue likely would never have seen the light of day if the guy just had the sense to not threaten to knock the guy’s teeth out with a bat.

  2. Richard In Big D - Apr 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    So this is whaat spitting at Kramer and Newman will escalate to, if unchecked. How sad. Since his time with the Mutts in the 80’s, McDowell has been one of my favorite characters in the game. And who would have thought that a guy that routinely wore a “rainbow” clown wig in the bullpen would be a homophobe?

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