4
| Sports |

Major League Baseball Suspends Kirk Gibson, Esmerling Vazquez for Beaning

Yahoo! Sports
Fight!
^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

​The Arizona Diamondbacks will have no skipper when they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.

 

Manager Kirk Gibson was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for Esmerling Vazquez' plunking of Washington Nationals player Danny Espinosa during the eighth inning of Sunday's game.

The hit was retaliation for Nationals starter Jason Marquis plunking Justin Upton in the sixth.

Marquis faces the prospect of a five-game suspension, which he's appealing. Vazquez was given three days, which he's also appealing.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman also received a one-game suspension, starting tonight against the defending champion San Francisco Giants.

Major League Baseball has been sensitive about beanings over the last few years, issuing warnings against pitchers whenever they feel a hit-by-pitch was deliberate. They warned both benches during the fifth inning Friday not to engage in any more shenanigans, which the teams disregarded.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.