MLB To Review Jonathan Papelbon’s Ejection
On Sunday afternoon, both the Phillies and their closer Jonathan Papelbon came unglued in the 9th inning.
The Phillies were looking to sweep the Miami Marlins, as they had a 4-1 lead in head into the 9th inning. Jonathan Papelbon trotted to the mound looking for his 38th save of the season, but unfortunately that's not what the fans were treated to.
The inning opened up with a leadoff double, followed by a walk, and an infield single to load the bases. After giving up a run-scoring ground out, Papelbon allowed another infield hit, scoring another run. Justin Bour then delivered a single up the middle to tie the game, and Papelbon finished off his implosion with a wild pitch to give up the go-ahead run. It was the first blown save for Papelbon since July 22nd.
Once the inning was finally over, Papelbon walked back to the dugout amongst a sea boos from Phillies fans, and appeared to grab his groin area in a gesture to the fans. Umpire crew chief Joe West, proceeded to eject Papelbon soon there after.
Now Major League Baseball will review the incident, as they do all player ejections. Though Papelbon has denied making an obscene gesture toward the fans, there is no doubt that some sort of discipline or fine is on the horizon, after both MLB and the Phillies conclude their review of the situation.
Jonathan Papelbon still has one year left on his contract and a vesting option for 2016, after signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in 2011.