Fall out from the Fracas at Fenway

Suspensions were announced today for both teams.  Somebody at the MLB offices needs to have their heads collectively checked.  The suspensions, as doled out, are off kilter.

So let’s take each one by one…

CoCo Crips- 7 games: This is more than I would have handed down.  Yes, he chraged the mound, but he did not throw the first punch.  5 games would have been my decision.

Jon Lester – 5 games: Say what?  Supposedly, this was for Lester throwing at people during the game, after the brawl.  Uh-huh.  Well, if he was, why didn’t the umps toss him then?  This one is strange, even for MLB.  As Lester won;t miss any practical time, he’s already serving it out.  A pointless and useless suspension.

Sean casey – 3 games: This one I may have to take a pass on.  As I only saw the NESN boradcast, and nothing from the Ray’s broadcast, a lot went unseen from my perspective.  But I didn’t see Casey do anything untoward, or worthy of suspension.  Of course, a different camera angle could show the second pile better than NESN’s.

James Shields – 6 games: This is under what I would have handed down.  10 games was what I would have done.  Had he not thrown a fast ball at Crisp, 7-8 games would be sufficient.  But, he threw a fast ball, he threw the first punch, and then participated in the scrum on the ground.  6 games is a slap on the wrist.

Johnny Gomes – 5 games: This one is ridiculous.  A mere 5 games?!  Gomes should be sitting in the club house for the next month.  Not only was he pummeling Crisp while he was pinned on the ground, not only did he try to injure Crisp, this is no his first offense.  No, Gomes got away with what he did effectively.  He desreved at least 20 games.  At least.

Carl Crawford – 4 games: I probably would have gone with 3 games for Crawford.  he’s not known for this sort of thing, but he did come in and throw punches after Crisp was on the ground. 

Akinori Iwamura – 3 games: Meh.  His “punches” were more akin to a slap fight between two 8 year old girls.  He kind of just waved his hand in Crisp’s general direction.  Seeing the fight again (on NESN), Iwamura looked a bit lost in the whole affair, not sure what he was supposed to be doing.  I probably would have suspended him only 1 game, as he really didn’t do anything, and of all the players involved, he’s the most likely to learn from this.

Edwin Jackson – 5 games: I was puzzled about this one at first, but thanks to some expert analysis by Jerry Remy, I saw why he was suspended.  Seems as if a Ray’s player in a warm up jacket charged in and threw a few haymakers early on in the scrum.  I’m guessing that MLB identified the player as Jackson.  If so, then 5 games is on target IMO. 

I don’t know what was going thorugh the minds at the MLB offices.  But someone needs to get a bit of perspective here.  Now, the fines have not been announced publically yet, so there may be some mitigating aspect there.  Even so, these suspension in general are off the mark.  And from MLB, which has been “death on fighting” is ridiculous, especially for Gomes.

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4 thoughts on “Fall out from the Fracas at Fenway

  1. All things considered, I think everyone’s overreacting, as they usually when baseball players fight. Maybe for Iwamura their rationale is that he should have intervened beforehand and told his pitching staff not to retaliate on his behalf.

    I was puzzled about Lester also. It’s always hard to take the mound after the benches clear, so it takes away the pitcher’s ability to throw inside for the rest of the game. I agree with you that the time to warn him would have been during the game, not afterwards.

  2. I would agree that we may be over reacting to Crisp and Shields, but I won’t back off of Gomes. This guy has gotten away with cheap, dirty stuff like this for quite a while now, and he needs to be severely punished.

  3. Why didn’t Madden get suspended? He talked about it after the 1st game, before the 2nd game and even after the fight of how proud of his team. He needs a 10 gamer too.

  4. I didn’t hear Maddon’s comments after game 1, so I can’t say exactly what I’d have done with him. I have no problem with him saying he was proud of his team, if anything that’s what I’d expect from a manager. He’s got Tampa Bay acting and thinking as a team, and thinking they can win every game. Thta’s pretty impressive with TB’s history since joining the AL.

    The only way I’d suspend him is if he said that TB would go after Crisp to injure him, ie throw at his head or something. Everyone and the kitchen sink knew Coco was going to get hit in game 2, so his saying it was going to happen is nothing. But if he said something to the point of taking him out, or hurting him, then he needs to be suspended for at least 10 games.

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