Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from 15 games to 8 following an appeal with Major League Baseball. Morgan was also fined $15,000:
“Morgan had been appealing two separate suspensions: one seven-game suspension for an incident in which he allegedly exchanged dialogue with a fan and threw a ball in the stands at Citizens Bank Park, and one eight-game suspension for three other separate incidents, including his role in a brawl with the Florida Marlins. The league did not reduce the eight-game suspension but completely threw out the seven-game suspension.”
Morgan told Kilgore:
“I’m glad they were able to still hear my side,” Morgan said. “The suspension, it’s fair in my eyes. I thought the fine was little bit steep. From here, I just have to move on, keep it moving.”
After the fans in Philadelphia came forward to defend Nyjer in the throwing incident, it’s no surprise that his first suspension was dropped. It seems clear after witnesses came forward that Morgan was just tossing a ball to the fans, as he does after every inning. I’ve sat in centerfield before when he’s done it, he has fun with it, gets the fans involved, makes them beg for it. It’s a good time and I think Major League Baseball was right in their decision here.
The second half of Morgan’s suspension wasn’t reduced. This suspension of eight games was levied in result of his violent and aggressive actions on the field. Major League Baseball was right to not reduce this sentence, and to award him a fine. For a week and a half period, Morgan disgraced the game of baseball with his actions, and hurt the Nationals clubhouse with his selfish play.
Unfortunately based on Morgans comments, I’m worried that he feels vindicated that his overall suspension was reduced, that somehow his actions are excusable, or that he was right. Yes, Major League Baseball was wrong to suspend him for the thrown ball incident, but he is lucky to only get eight games for what he did in Florida and Philadelphia.