Nationals' Harper drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

May 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals star Bryce Harper has dropped his appeal and will serve a one-game suspension in the second game of the day-night doubleheader Saturday against Miami.

The team announced the outfielder's decision after he went 0 for 2 in Washington's 6-4 win in the opener. The team did not open the locker room in between games.

The reigning NL MVP was suspended and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection in Monday's 5-4 win over Detroit.

During the bottom of the ninth inning of that win, Harper was in the dugout when he was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Nationals batter Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes.


After the ejection, pinch hitter Clint Robinson connected for a game-winning home run. Harper, who by rule should not have been in the dugout after getting tossed, ran onto the field with his teammates to celebrate, pointed toward Knight and cursed at the umpire.