"It really didn't matter if I was there or not--this was unprofessional from the start regardless of whether anyone from the organization was there," Nichols said. "We are all very disappointed and this is obviously something we don't condone."
It is unclear how long Iribarren, who was 0-for-3 on the night, had been using his corked bat. But it wasn't helping him generate power, something that has always been missing from the slap-and-dash middle infielder's game. Through 174 at-bats, Iribarren was hitting .287/.323/.356 with nine extra-base hits, including one homer.
"It was drilled and corked through," Nichols said. "He apologized to his teammates and the staff, but this is inexcusable. It's embarrassing to him and it's embarrassing to the organization."