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7 Players Suspended For Brawl

Dodgers bullpen coach Rick Dempsey was suspended for 17 days while Todd Hundley and Jay Buhner were among six players penalized Friday following a bench-clearing brawl between Los Angeles and Seattle.

Jose Paniagua and Damaso Marte, David Segui and Buhner were suspended from the Mariners. Jamie Arnold, Hundley and Dempsey were suspended from the Dodgers. All seven were fined undisclosed amounts.

All four of the Mariners players plan to appeal their suspensions, vice president Lee Pelekoudas said. Hundley also intends to appeal.

"I plan to appeal this all the way," said Buhner, who played in his first game since May 18 in the Safeco Field opener Thursday night.

"I don't feel like being docked four days because I was standing up for a teammate is worthy of it," he said. "That's why I'm going to appeal it."

A 15-minute fight broke out last Sunday at Dodger Stadium after Seattle's Frankie Rodriguez threw a pitch at Mark Grudzielanek's head. The brawl led to seven ejections.

Because it was an interleague game, AL president Gene Budig and NL president Len Coleman jointly announced the penalties.

Dempsey, suspended from Saturday until Aug. 3 for running in from the bullpen, wants to talk to Coleman on Saturday before deciding whether to appeal.

"It doesn't surprise me because every altercation I've ever been involved in during 30-some odd years in this game, it seems like I've always gotten the highest fine and longest suspension every time out," Dempsey said.

"I see no reason for me to be suspended any more than any player certainly not more than any of the guys who were throwing punches in the melee," he said. "They sent me no letter saying that I'm supposed to be a peacemaker."

Paniagua's five-game suspension was to start Friday night against San Diego. The reliever was penalized for fighting, attempting to kick another player and using an obscene gesture.

Arnold also was suspended for five games. The reliever's penalty was to begin Tuesday.

Buhner's four-game penalty was to start July 24. The outfielder was on the disabled list when he took part in the fight.

Hundley's three-game suspension was to start Saturday against Anaheim. The catcher was cited for fighting, being out of control and using obscene gestures in view of fans and television cameras.

"The only thing I will say is that I was not instigating the fight. I'm not an advocate of violence at all. I was just protecting my teammates and a couple of them that got sucker-punched in the pile," Hundley said.

Regarding Dempsey's long penalty, Hundley said, "I've been in worse fights than that, but those types of suspensions haven't occurred. So I guess they're really trying to crack down and make an example."

Marte, another reliever, was given a three-game suspension that was to start Saturday.

Segui got a one-game sspension, which the first baseman was to serve July 28.

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