Gary Sheffield was scheduled to have the appeal of his three-game suspension heard tomorrow, but after speaking with Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of on-field operations (i.e., discipline), decided to drop the case.
According to Danny Knobler, Watson told Sheffield that MLB would reduce his suspension to two games if he dropped his appeal. Sheffield continued to plead his case, but once it became clear that Watson wasn't going to see his side of things, Sheffield left the meeting and took the offer.
As a result, Sheffield will sit out the games against the Twins on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, Sheff couldn't just go quietly. What did he think of this whole process?
"It shows how corrupt the umpire system is."
Ah, yes. Sheff being Sheff.