When It Comes To Player Suspensions In Baseball, Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

After Tuesday night’s bench clearing brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball handed down suspensions for the two main culprits — Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson.

For their part in Tuesday night’s fracas, Posada and Carlson each got four-game suspensions. Their suspensions were reduced to three games because neither Posada and Carlson appealed the suspension.

If someone can explain to me how Major League Baseball came up with four games each I would greatly appreciate it.

When it comes to how many games a player gets for his actions, it’s anyone’s guess. It seems to me there are no set guidelines for suspensions. That is a huge problem in my eyes.

Let’s take a look at some non-steriod related suspensions that have been handed out so far in 2009:

Josh Beckett – Suspended for six games for intentionally throwing at Bobby Abreu. Suspension reduced to five games.

Carlos Zambrano – Suspended six games for “inappropriate and violent actions on the field.” Essentially Zambrano was suspended six games for beating up a water cooler with a bat.

Kevin Youkilis – Suspended for five games for his actions in a bench-clearing brawl against the Detroit Tigers.

Rick Porcello – Suspended for five games for his actions in a bench-clearing brawl against the Boston Red Sox.

Fernando Rodney – Suspended for three games for throwing ball into the stands. Suspension later reduced to two games.

Does anyone else see what is wrong here? There is no rhyme or reason for any of these suspensions.

How does Youkilis and Porcello get five games for inciting a bench-clearing brawl, but Posada and Carlson only get three games? What did Youkilis and Porcello do differently that their brawl resulted in two extra games?

In my opinion, a bench-clearing brawl is a bench-clearing brawl. They are like coincidences — there are no levels.

How does Beckett get a six-game suspension for throwing at someone’s head, but Zambrano gets the same game suspension for beating up a water cooler? I didn’t know potentially ending someone’s career is just as harmful as beating up an inanimate object.

This isn’t a Red Sox-Yankee issue — this is a common sense issue. I feel like I am talking crazy pills even writing something like this. If you do A, you get B. It’s as simple as that.

Major League Baseball — and I mean you Bob Watson, needs to come up a standard suspension for each infraction.

It just makes sense.

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One Response to “When It Comes To Player Suspensions In Baseball, Your Guess Is As Good As Mine”

  1. Tommy K Says:

    How about Brad Thompson of the Cards? He got a 3 game suspension, reduced to 2 for throwing high and tight to David Wright. Matt Cain beams David in the head placing him on the DL for 15 days and get nothing from MLB. And in the same game Santana retaliates by intentionally hitting two Giants batters. No suspension he receives an unknown fine.

    My opinion about the Youkillis – Porcello fight was that Youkillis was the obvious aggressor when charging the mound. In fact he removed his helmet and threw it at Porcello. I don’t see how their actions were considered equal. I think Youkillis should have received a harsher penalty.

    As for Posada, he should realize after two Blue Jays get hit someone on the Yankees is going to get hit. That’s baseball. That’s a 100 years of baseball tradition. You hit my guy I hit your guy. Posada wasn’t even hit. And he obviously instigated the brawl with his actions. The Umpire had ejected him upon contact with the pitcher. So how do they get the same suspension.

    I could not agree more that suspension guide lines need to be set. And I also think that in certain instances and extra penalties should be handed out for the obvious instigator of a brawl.

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