Commission of the International Baseball Federation has suspended the Head
Coaches of the Cuban and Australian teams and one Cuban player as a
result of a skirmish in and near the first base dugout on Saturday
during the World Junior AAA Baseball Championship.
The incident occurred
shortly after Australia's loss to Korea in the semi-finals of the
12-country tournament. Cuba and the U.S.A. were scheduled to play
the next game.
Commission, headed by Neil Lantz, of Indianapolis, Indiana, handed
out the suspensions following a lengthy disciplinary hearing.
Cuban catcher Joanis
Delgado was suspended for the remainder of the tournament on the
basis of a bat swinging incident "for which substantial evidence has
been obtained," according to the official decision.
Coaches Trevor Schumm of Australia and
Victor Mesa were also suspended for the balance of the tournament
for violation of Rule 2.00 (b) of the Official Baseball Rules, Page
20. In essence, for failure to exercise proper control over their
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