| ||Associated Press|
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former major league outfielder Mike
Marshall, now the manager of the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, was
suspended for eight games by the non-affiliated Northern League for
taking his team off the field in a game last week.
Last Friday at Allentown, Pa., Marshall ordered his team off the
field in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Ambassadors
leading 15-3. The game was declared a 9-0 forfeit.
In addition, the Diamond Dogs were fined $5,000 and Marshall was
fined an undisclosed amount.
Marshall said he believed the Ambassadors were trying to run up the
"They kicked our butts, and then they rubbed our noses in it,"
Marshall said. "My hat's off to them for kicking our butts, but
there's respect for the game and your opponents, and they went over
Northern League president Dan Moushon said Marshall was
"He basically admitted he made a mistake and said if he could
do it again, he would have handled it much differently," Moushon
said. "He feels bad about it, and he was very apologetic."
Marshall played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1981-89. He hit
148 homers in an injury-plagued career with the Dodgers, New York
Mets, Boston Red Sox and California Angels. He was a National
League All-Star in 1984 and helped the Dodgers beat the heavily
favored Oakland A's for the 1988 World Series title.
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