Northwest League hands out stiff suspensions after brawl

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 13 at 12:06 PM

SPOKANE -- The Northwest League handed out some of the stiffest suspensions in league history in response to Monday afternoon's brawl between the Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians.

Spokane pitchers Jose Monegro and Santo Perez were both handed three-game bans, while shortstop Rougned Odor, who was a part of the initial fight that instigated the bench-clearing brawl, was given a four-game suspension.

Indians pitcher Matt West received the heaviest suspension of all. He was dealt a six-game suspension after sucker punching Vancouver catcher Garrett Maines when it appeared the fight was coming to an end.

On top of the suspensions, the league issued fines to 51 players involved in Monday's altercation. That's the largest number of fines ever handed out by the Northwest League for one incident.

"There was no one who was going to escape this thing without a fine," league president Bob Richmond told KREM 2 Sports on Tuesday. "We wanted to send a message to our fans that this is serious business. We wanted to jump on this as soon as possible."

Spokane is off tonight. They return to action Wednesday on the road against Everett. 

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