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Braves Pitching Coach McDowell Suspended, Fined

The Major League Baseball Commissioner's office has suspended Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell two weeks and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions on April 23rd in San Francisco. Both McDowell and Braves president John Schuerholtz have released statements this morning. First, from McDowell:

I understand the decision made today by the Commissioner. I am embarrassed by my actions and I plan to give a personal apology to Mr. Quinn and his family. I would also like to offer a public and heartfelt apology to the fans of San Francisco, to the Atlanta Braves organization, my family and to Major League Baseball.

And here is the statement from Schuerholtz:

I want to reiterate that we were deeply concerned when we heard about the accusations regarding Roger and we took our investigation very seriously to investigate all the facts. We agree with the discipline that the Commissioner has handed down.

We were clearly disappointed in Roger's remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior.

The Atlanta Braves organization and Roger McDowell deeply regret that this incident occurred and again apologize to all involved including Mr. Quinn and his family and the San Francisco Giants and their fans.

The Atlanta Braves organization prides itself as being one that values integrity, diversity, professionalism and respect.

We are looking forward to putting this incident behind us and have the focus of the team be back on the playing field.

McDowell will also be required to participate in a sensitivity training program as part of this discipline handed down by the league. Like Schuerholtz said, hopefully now we can put this incident behind us.

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