PJP's Duffy to be reinstated

Posted: June 05, 2014

The suspension of Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy will be lifted Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to a source close to the situation.

Duffy is expected back for the team's PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Thursday afternoon, after sitting out four games.

Duffy, in his first year with the Golden Panthers, was suspended for the remainder of the season after being ejected for arguing with the plate umpire in the seventh inning of last month's loss to Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game.

Regarding the school's decision to suspend Duffy for more than the one game mandated by PIAA rules, the archdiocese said in a statement that the PIAA had "expressed serious concerns about the circumstances surrounding the ejection, which included charging the umpire from the dugout, directing profanity at the umpire, inciting spectators, making contact with the umpire, failure to leave the field after ejection, and returning to the field after being ejected."

Duffy and Pope John Paul II athletic director Jack Flanagan could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.

According to sources, several high-profile people pushed for Duffy's return to the bench.


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