IBL commissioner to hold hearing in coming weeks
By Mark Newman, News Staff
The future of Burlington Bandits outfielder and coach Brian Sewell will be determined by the commissioner of the Intercounty Baseball League after Sewell slid hard into second base last Saturday resulting in a season-ending triple left ankle fracture to Hamilton Cardinals second baseman Zack Ranta.
“The player Sewell has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing,” said IBL commissioner John Kastner, who noted a hearing date will be set next week upon his return from British Columbia.
The play in question took place in the fourth inning of the Bandits’ home opener and the team was informed of the suspension last Sunday.
Kastner said he received written reports via email from the three game umpires and the two teams.
“The umpires report were very detailed and very critical of the player in question,” said Kastner, who noted Sewell could face further suspension or be allowed back in the Burlington line-up.
Kastner said Sewell was suspended for a year in 2012 when as a catcher he let a pitch go by and strike the umpire.
“I know that Brian and the rest of the team feel horrible about what happened Saturday,” said Bandits general manager Craig Bedford via email. “We understand the severity of Zack's injury and are very concerned about his wellbeing. Zack is talented player and we hope that he will be back to normal and playing as soon as possible.”
Saturday’s game was suspended with Hamilton leading 5-2.
A resumption date has yet to be announced.