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Prairie League suspends manager for rest of season

July 8, 1997 GMT

REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) _ Mitch Zwolensky, the manager who held up a game because of wet laundry, was suspended Monday by the Prairie League for the remainder of the season.

Zwolensky, the manager of the Minot Mallards, had been under suspension since July 2 when he refused to field a team for a game against the Regina Cyclones.

Zwolensky had been ejected by the umpires from a doubleheader the previous day. The next day, team laundry arrived back at the clubhouse just 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game and it was still damp.

Zwolensky met with the umpires while exchanging lineups, requested more time, got an extra 20 minutes, sought even more and ended up in a heated exchange during which he again was ejected. At that point, he told his players to return to the clubhouse.

The game was eventually played after the Minot owner intervened.

On Monday, the league said it has suspended Zwolensky ``from being a part of any team at any capacity″ in the league for the remainder of the season.

It also ruled the game, which Minot had won 2-1, forfeited in favor of Regina.