Joe West (left) grabbed Jonathan Papelbon's jersey and pushed him away.
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has been suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon during Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
During an argument, which saw Papelbon in the face of West and screaming, West grabbed Papelbon's jersey and pushed him away. West then walked away.
"Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player's lewd gesture to the fans," said MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre.
Postseason starting to shape up
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Three teams in, seven more to go.
The Los Angeles Angels were the first to join the postseason party on Monday and were joined by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals on Tuesday, as both of whom clinched their respective divisions.
It was the first American League East title in 17 years for the O's, while the Nats secured their second National League West crown in three years. Los Angeles, meanwhile, could clinch the AL West as early as Wednesday.