Bryce Harper will miss 1 game after objecting umpire’s decision

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Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals will be fined an unknown amount and will miss one game after he confronted an umpire after his expulsion from Monday’s game. Harper, the official National League MVP, will file an appeal.

It all started at the end of the ninth inning of the Nationals 5-4 win against the Tigers, when plate umpire Brian Knight expelled Harper, while he was still in the dugout after Danny Espinoza was called out on strikes.

Let’s remember that when a player or staff member is ejected from a game in the MLB, he is supposed to leave the dugout.

Clint Robinson, Nationals pinch hitter scored a game ending home run, and granted his team Monday night’s victory. After this, Harper joined his teammates on the field to celebrate their victory, but in the heat of the moment he pointed at the umpire and cursed at him.

After the game, Harper described as “a couple choice words” what he said, and when a reporter asked about the chance of getting fined, he said “If I do, I do. I’ll pay it. Maybe (Knight) get fined, too. So we’ll see.”

Second baseman Daniel Murphy was put behind Harper in the cleanup spot, and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman down to fifth. Even after Zimmerman’s two home runs in Tuesday night’s defeat against the Tigers.  Zimmerman’s having problems protecting his reigning MVP this season, going just 3-for-28 following a Harper walk.

According to Washington manager Dusty Baker, the reason for this is Murphy’s success against ex Nationals pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann, who plays for Detroit. “He’s had quite a bit of success against him, so today would’ve been a perfect day to bat him behind Bryce,” said Baker. “How long I’m going to stick with this, I don’t know.”

Murphy, who’s hitting .375 (6-for-16) and has a .500 on-base percentage, entered Wednesday leading the majors with a .398 batting average. Also leads the league in on-base plus slugging (1.090, third), on-base percentage (.439, fourth), slugging (.650, sixth), and doubles (12, tied for sixth).

 

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