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Josh Willingham suspended one game for run-in with ump

May 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

Josh Willingham, Bill Miller

Athletics left fielder Josh Willingham was handed down a one-game suspension on Monday for some “inappropriate conduct” in Saturday’s game against the Royals.

Willingham made contact with umpire Bill Miller while arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning of the game.  Willingham, who said Miller initiated the contact, appealed the suspension and is in the lineup for Monday’s game.

Willingham is hitting just .225 this season, but he leads the A’s with five homers and 17 RBI.  It’s the first time in his eight-year career that he’s been suspended.

  1. kellyb9 - May 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    I’ve never understood a rule that said if you make the slightest bit of physical contact with a ump, you’re going to get a suspension. That being said, I’ve also never understood the need to speak to him while standing 1.5 inches away.

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