MLB has suspended Bryce (Royce) Harper for one game following his actions on Monday night, in which he returned to the field after an ejection and was filmed cursing out umpire Brian Knight.
Harper was tossed from the dugout in the ninth inning by home-plate umpire Brian Knight for arguing a called third strike on Danny Espinosa at the plate. After he was tossed, the star right fielder shouted at Knight from the dugout and had to be held back by coaches.
“Everybody was up on the steps preaching about what they thought was going on,” Harper said after the game. “[Knight] picked me and said, ‘See you later.’”
Later in the inning, after Clint Robinson hit a walk-off home run, Harper ran out of the clubhouse and back onto the field, which isn’t allowed following an ejection. While in the dogpile with teammates around Robinson, Harper turned and pointed at Knight as cameras caught him yelling, “[Expletive] you!”
Harper is appealing the suspension, so he is able to play until that appeal is heard on. It’s a good thing too, because yesterday (when the suspension was due to go into effect) was Harper’s MVP bobblehead day. (H/T to someguyinva for the correction)
The suspension is very interesting as just last week David Ortiz went well, David Ortiz on umpire Ron Kulpa and has not been suspended.