Looks like a suspension for Farnsworth

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Defend your teammates, get suspended. That’s the message MLB is apparently sending to its players. Mark Feinsand is hearing a rumor that Kyle Farnsworth will be suspended for throwing at Manny Ramirez on Thursday night. It should be of the three-game type, though an appeal is almost certain. To me, this is beyond ridiculous.

Say what you will about the location of the pitch. It was behind him, but I saw it as being more towards the shoulders than the neck/head. Plus — and I don’t know why I haven’t read this elsewhere — Kyle Farnsworth has no control of his pitches! Have we not learned this over the first two years of his contract? It stands to reason that Farnsworth could have been aiming for the middle of the back, where they hit A-Rod, and just missed by a bit.

All this does is allow aggressions from one team to go unrequited. So if you want to hit someone, you’d better make sure none of your guys were hit recently. Because that’s retaliation, and you’re on the hook for a suspension. Hit the guy first, though, and you’re in the clear.

Does this make sense to anyone?

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  • Joseph C.

    Once again, it’s double standard time — for the Yankees. I’m getting real tired of people shittin’ on us. Pardon my French…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Hey! We don’t tolerate no fuckin’ cursing here. Momma don’t like that shit.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Shit isn’t french. “Pardon my french” only refers to the F word which is french for seal. Sorry for being a stickler but that shit bugs me. :)

  • whozat

    I’ve been saying this for a while now…the current setup incentivizes a first-strike mentality. You WANT to hit a guy first, because there’s no consequences. How does that make sense?

  • Manimal

    There was no warning prior to the pitch so I don’t see why there should be a suspension of more that 1 game. I don’t know if MLB notices but Hockey basically gets its ratings from fights. A little hard-nosed baseball won’t hurt anyone(except the victim for course)

  • Joseph C.

    Except in this case, we actually did do it first and lo and behold, we get penalized. When’s the last time we saw a Sox pitcher get punished? What? Tavarez? Big effin’ deal…

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Fuck it, suspension or not the majority of those in the media have been spewing forth absolute trash about why Farnsworth threw at Manny. They all seem to believe it was the HRs but conveniently forget that A-Rod was plunked square in the back by Boston’s version of Kyle Farnsworth, nasty heat with inconsistent control, in David Aardsma. Convenient because if they acknowledged the fact that A-Rod was plunked then Farnsworth’ actions appear to be a baseball player standing up for his teammates which all these old-school media types love because it’s the “code” of the game. If they mention that then they can’t dump on the Yankees, and since when does Yankees praising mean good television?

    Seriously though, fuck you Mr. Gammons. That really was some BS Thursday night on BBTN.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Manny didn’t forget it. He said that the Farnsworth throw was retaliatino for the Arod plunk. Manny actually injected a bit of logic into the argument but then he doesn’t care much about anything.

  • http://sw-balcony.blogspot.com Back Bay Yankee

    Plus, it’s not as if Manny keeps anything valuable in his head.

  • r.w.g.

    Suspensions are being thrown around way too liberally in MLB these past few seasons. If Farnsworth had hit Manny in the head or thrown at him AFTER a warning, go ahead and eject him.

    But to suspend a guy when nothing really happened is a joke. Jim Thome got suspended the other day for arguing balls and strikes too vehemently.

    In my opinion, unless you’re throwing dugout gear/equipment on the field, making contact with an umpire, or throwing punches in a brawl, you don’t deserve to be suspended. If you throw at a guy, on purpose (and better judgment needs to be used by umpire’s here, too), you get a warning and then ejection if you do it again. Unless the guy gets hit in the head, on purpose, what is the suspension even for?

  • Joe

    What are you all complaining about, this means Farnsworth is out of the bullpen for a few days. This is fantastic. You people aren’t looking at the big picture. Thank you major league baseball.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    This is just flat-out stupid. The ball didn’t even hit Manny.

  • http://justinyates.wordpress.com Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    Let’s just say Ty Cobb would have been kicked out of the league by his 3rd year if he were playing today. People make fun of baseball for being a soft-sport full of preening, image conscious, over paid, prima donnas and its hard to defend that image when the league office over protects superstars in this fashion. This certainly isn’t our grandparents version of baseball anymore.

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    This is where a bigmouth owner would come in handy (remember when we use to have one), to go after MLB . Farnsworth did the right thing, from now on it should be made clear around baseball that a Yankee gets hit someone is going down on the other team. MLB wants to put a stop to it issue the warning before the game. The Red Sox/Yankees series should be played with a warning in place from the 1st pitch on.

    • whozat

      That’d be TERRIBLE. Then no one can risk pitching inside. Moose would have gotten tossed automatically in the first when he hit Ellsbury, even though everyone knew it wasn’t on purpose. I’m pretty sure that’s how warnings work…automatic ejection, regardless of whether the ump thinks it was on purpose or not.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    IDK if anybody is watching but Lebron James just finished off one of the nastiest alley-oops you will EVER see. Game is on ESPN.

    Off-topic eh?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      What’s a LeBron James?

  • kingshaffy

    what a joke. typical. I didn’t realize this was even a deal, let alone a big deal until Peter “its hard to talk with Theo’s dick in my mouth” Gammons acted the fool on ESPN. I guess that’s all you need to get suspended these days. I don’t understand how Arod getting hit is an accident but Manny NOT getting hit is intentional and a 3 game suspension.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The mockery of Gammons made me laugh out loud. Well done.

  • Realist

    Geez , what limp dick suspension from MLB…obviously succumbing to the rantings of the crybaby media whom plays everything into a twisted story to create a “need” for their existence! Bullshit!

  • http://www.blognameremoved.com Todd

    The dunk was sick indeed.

    Re: Manny, he doesn’t have anything in his head worth hitting, trust me. Farnsworth should’ve aimed for his arm.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    i guess the lesson is to preemptively strike but not to defend yourself. i’m glad MLB doesn’t raise kids.

    what about Aardsma for drilling arod?

  • Brian

    The third paragraph of the argument Joe, while everybody gets riled up about Curt Schilling’s post, is exactly what Schilling is saying (as threaded in the previous RAB post).
    Most every comment about Schilling we make shows that his mere talking means we have to gripe in equal measure.
    I don’t know, guys, but it seems like the Red Sox are in our heads a little too much. Farnsworth sucks…there’s no point be-laboring that nor is it worth figuring out how badly the Yanks have been jerked here. We don’t deserve much at this point. We play shitty, we get shitty results.
    And Curt Schilling, despite not-playing, can say whatever the fuck he wants.

    Farnsworth deserves the suspension and we deserve to shut up about it.

    • Realist


      We don’t deserve to shut up or the suspension…..

      Why you would even say such a thing is beyond me? Other than being a “Yankee hater” your comments have absolutely no merit or make no sense?

      • Brian

        To even wonder if the Red Sox are getting in our collective head makes me a Yankee-hater first and foremost, then meritless and senseless after that. Wow, Realist, you make it look so easy to be just a hater period.
        All I’m saying is that the Yanks need to own Farnsworth’s terrible-ness, whether it’s his poor pitching or poor decison-making. The constant and heavily requited blaming is, I guess, one way to go about it that some fans like. Have fun with that.
        When the Yanks start to play better, heal, whatever, then we can begin the perennial moan about “fairness.”

        Go Yanks. The End.

        • Realist

          YOU mentioned the Sox and Schilling in a thread that mentions neither?????????????? There was no mention of the sox getting in anyone’s head except from YOU. They may be in YOUR head but anyone who has followed The Yanks for more than 10 years can attest they ain’t in theirs! So stop with your bullshit!

          Noone here is blaming the sox for the suspension , that is where you fail to see reality from fiction…

  • Mike P

    The fact that the media/ESPN are sensationalist, blow-it-out-of-all-proportion biased whores isn’t news. The fact that MLB is run by dimwits who spend their lives trying to cover their backs isn’t news.

    But if you put the two together and the dimwits at MLB react to ESPN, even more ridiculously than they’ve done before, is a worrying trend.

  • Realist

    Mike P gets it!

    There was a time the batter’s box rules were actually adhered to. Over the years the inside line has been done away with , leaving batters right on the inside corner of the plate. Pitchers need to establish the inside corner and to backoff the offenders of the batter’s box infractions….to stand a chance in today’s MLB.

    By suspending Farnsworth for what he didn’t do , a precedent is set for pitching inside….you come inside you face a suspension…..well if you are a Yankee , that is . Hell , Farnsy shoulda split his head open if he was going to be punished regardless of the intent or outcome.

  • Rich

    Bob Watson is a joke.

  • Mike P

    It’s official, he’s suspended. MLB disciplinary comitee:

    “Holy crap he almost hit him! And it was high too? This guy’s crazy, suspend the bastard three games.”

    “He’s juiced up? What does that mean? Well, if we must do something, let’s suspend him a dozen games and give him two more chances before we get upset. We know our priorities and all these hit by pitches just isn’t good ol’ baseball.”

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    This is why I was happy that it was Farmworthy that threw at Manny instead of someone actually valuable.

  • Joey H

    hey joe, its ridiculous if its joba or mo IM GLAD TO SEE KYLE GONE FOR THREE GAMES! bring alba up he is worth of the spot in the pen

  • David

    Ummmm, forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Farnsworth being suspended three games a GOOD thing for the ‘pen? The man can’t pitch, at all, and throwing hard isn’t much of an excuse to keep him on the roster.

  • buddy o

    I have an idea:

    Why don’t you not complain about a glaring logical error in the rules until it directly impacts your own team, specifically as it concerns a confrontation with your rival. Additionally, having followed the link to the Schilling comment and actually reading the comment itself, I discovered that he not only presents an identical argument concerning the logical deficiency in the rules, but that you appear to have co-opted that same argument in this very rant about Farnsworth.

    You are a complete joke, man, and a tool of near-overwhelming proportions. If you are intentionally using bias as a tool to gain readership and visits, then you are rather clever. Somehow, though, I suspect that you write these things in earnest, and that is both sad and upsetting. As a legitimate, albeit quiet, Yankee fan, I cannot help but despise the way you encourage bias and a facade of invulnerability. Responsible commenting, at its best.

  • mikey

    wah wah wah you fuckin yankee cry babies can suck a dick, can’t wait for beckett to drill jeter and break his wrist later in the season.

    go sox!!!!!!