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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Youkilis, Porcello suspended five games eachBob Watson speaks:
Boston’s Kevin Youkilis and Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello were suspended for five games each Wednesday and fined by Major League Baseball for their roles in a benches-clearing confrontation. The pair asked the players’ union to appeal the penalties, which will be held off pending completion of the process. In addition, Detroit pitched Edwin Jackson was fined for what Watson said were aggressive actions.
I'd say this was expected, but beaning and brawling justice is all over the map these days. As many noted in the ATH thread today, guys have been suspended for not hitting people this year, while guys who have beaned people and even bragged about it after the fact have received nothing but a fine.
It strikes me that Watson bases his discipline less on the actions at issue than he does the amount of a fuss people kick up about it after the fact on SportsCenter. Last night's festivities were quite a spectacle, so fines were issued.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:23pm
Jack Marshall said...
John—-I object to that. Biases are always a factor, but many of us make a conscious effort to put those aside. I don’t think you have to be a Boston fan to conclude that a batting helmet thrown (and missed) in the wake of a beaning isn’t provocation for an extra-long suspension. I wouldn’t have objected to Youkilis getting an extra game off for the helmet—-but I’d like to see a stated MLB policy that throwing helmets or even gloves will increase penalties first. Using accusations of bias to discredit a reasonable argument is a cheap and lazy tactic: it relieves you of having to actually deal with the argument itself.
“I’m just sayin’!”
Posted 08/13 at 11:47 AM
Kevin S. said, “As far as having been a part of the game forever, you know what else has been? Cheating, yet we seem to be far less willing to condone it.”
Oh, we condone all kinds of cheating. It just has to be the “right” kind. Too much pine tar? Against the rules, but OK. A little stick ‘um on the pitcher’s hat/hands to grip the ball better in cold weather. Against the rules, sure, but “part of the game.” (Remember Tony LaRussa’s lack-of-reaction to the Tigers’ pitcher getting caught during the World Series a couple of years ago?).
Charging the mound isn’t even as bad as those examples, becuase those examples give one player or team an unfair advantage. Charging the mound is just a fight. But guys who charge the mound get suspended (it’s against the rules, OK, so there should be punishment) but other kinds of cheating are considered OK.
Oh, and john, I am not a Red Sox fan.
Posted 08/13 at 11:58 AM
Youk is a moron. How do I know this? Because Rick Sutcliffe this morning on the WWL praised his “passion” for charging the mound, never mind that arguably the Sox’ most important bat in the lineup is now serving a five-game suspension in the midst of a division/wild-card race.
And I am NOT a Yankees fan.
Posted 08/13 at 12:09 PM
Jack Marshall said...
No thanks to Youk, but in so far as his absence prompts Tito to catch Martinez instead of Tek and keep Lowell in the line-up while giving Kotchman some at bats, the suspension could even help. Youkilis has had the honestly to admit he used bad judgement…he was a TEMPORARY moron.
Posted 08/13 at 12:20 PM