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MLB Comes Down Hard on Marlins, Morgan

5 Marlins disciplined by MLB for Wednesday's brawl



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    Players from the Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins brawl during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Maybe for the three games Gabby Sanchez is suspended by Major League Baseball, he could play safety for the Miami Dolphins.

    The University of Miami star's clothesline of Washington Nationals hothead Nyjer Morgan might be the hit of the year in any sport, but it got him a seat on the bench the next three games, MLB announced Friday.

    Morgan received a stiff eight game suspension for his actions, including running over a defenseless catcher and then taunting fans in the stands after the base-brawl.

    Pitcher Chris Volstad, who threw behind Morgan during Wednesday's game, sparking the bench clearing brawl, will get to practice up on his fighting skills as he sits the next six games.

    Pitcher Alex Sanabia is suspended for five games, manager Edwin Rodriguez for one game and pitcher Jose Veras received a fine.

    On the Nationals' side, pitcher Doug Slaten gets a three-game suspension, manager Jim Riggleman is suspended for two games, and third base coach Pat Listach for three games.

    The heavy hand of MLB might be to discourage any further bad blood between the teams, who are scheduled to meet in Washington on Sept 10-12.

    Sanchez should be available by the time that series starts.

    Until then, the Dolphins should make a call and take advantage.