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Four Players Suspended for Brawl

March 16, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ San Diego pitcher Bobby Jones was suspended for seven games and Anaheim infielder Scott Spiezio for six for their roles in a brawl-filled spring training game last Saturday.

The Padres’ Ryan Klesko was suspended for five games and the Angels’ Troy Glaus was suspended for two games. All penalties are to be served during the regular season.

Bob Watson, baseball’s new vice president of discipline, announced the suspensions in a late-night e-mail sent to news organizations.

Anaheim’s Aaron Sele, who hit Klesko with a pitch that triggered the first of two fights, was fined but not suspended.

San Diego’s Ron Gant and Phil Nevin also were fined.

These were the first penalties decided by Watson since he replaced Frank Robinson, who left the commissioner’s office last month to become manager of the Montreal Expos.

``What we’re trying to do is let them know this kind of behavior won’t be condoned,″ Watson said in a telephone conversation early Saturday.

Jones, Spiezio and Klesko are to serve their suspension from the start of the season. Glaus’ penalty is to begin April 8.

If appeals are filed, the penalties would be delayed.

Paul Beeston, who had heard appeals in his role as baseball’s chief operating officer, announced his resignation earlier this month, effective March 15. It is not yet clear whether his replacement, Bob DuPuy, will replace him in the appeals role.

In the last six years, Russ Davis, Julian Tavarez and T.J. Mathews have sat out regular-season games for suspensions imposed because of spring-training skirmishes.

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