Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Texas Incident

MLB issued this press release:

Four members of the Texas Rangers have each been disciplined for their actions during the ninth inning of the Rangers-Oakland Athletics game in Oakland, California on Monday, September 13, 2004. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement. Pitcher Frank Francisco has been suspended for the remainder of the 2004 championship season, but no less than 16 regular season games in the event of an appeal, and fined an undisclosed amount for his highly inappropriate actions and reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the fans. Unless appealed, Francisco's suspension is scheduled to begin tonight. Doug Brocail has been suspended for seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions and inciting a bench-clearing incident, while pitcher Carlos Almanzar has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions during the incident. Unless appealed, Brocail's suspension is scheduled to begin tonight and Almanzar's is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 25. Additionally, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions during the incident. Jaramillo's suspension will begin tonight. If appealed, the players' suspensions will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.


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