MLB suspends Dempster five games for throwing at A-Rod

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Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Alex Rodriguez on Sunday, the league announced. Joe Girardi was also fined for his tirade. Because the Red Sox have some off-days coming up, Dempster can serve his entire suspension and not miss a start without even filing an appeal.

MLB had to suspend Dempster for a number of reasons, first and foremost the whole “protect the players” thing. They also can’t let it be open season on A-Rod no matter how much opposing players don’t like him, and remember, Alex has accused both the Yankees and MLB of conspiring to get him out of the game. Letting Dempster go unpunished would add some validity to that claim. Anyway, it’s no surprise Dempster won’t miss a start, pitcher suspensions are always a joke.

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  • ajra21

    Wy do MLB bother suspending a starter when it won’t hurt the player or club? Ridiculous.

    • lightSABR

      It does hurt the player, but it actually helps the club–they don’t pay his salary while he’s suspended.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Suspensions for on-field activities are WITH pay.
        The only money involved is the fine.

        • lightSABR

          Ah. Didn’t know that.

          Then it’s official: the punishment is a joke.

    • Steve (different one)

      Would missing a Dempster start really hurt the Sox?

  • Charles

    Not surprised at all they didn’t make Dempster miss a start. That would be doing the right thing to protect a player and you know that MLB wants none of that…

  • sangreal

    What a joke. We’re also being robbed of the chance to laugh over him playing while his appeal is pending

    • lightSABR

      I believe you only get to play pending the appeal for drug-related suspensions.

      • Shittyshittybangbang

        No. You play through all appeals.

        • lightSABR

          Really? Do you have a source on that? I seem to remember reading during an earlier phase of the A-Rod-ocalypse that stays of suspensions under the Joint Drug Agreement were automatic but that stays of suspensions under the CBA weren’t, and are rarely granted.

          Though I guess this may not technically be a suspension under the CBA.

      • Kevin G.

        Players appeal suspensions like this all the time

  • The Other Sam

    “Letting Dempster go unpunished would add some validity to that claim.”

    Dempster won’t miss a start. Claim validated.

  • trr

    It’s a slap on the wrist, but had to be done.
    Boston will be here in a couple of weeks, I wonder if they’ll start him here at the Stadium?

  • Jim James

    “Joke” doesn’t describe SP suspensions well enough. It’s like if a school bully sucker punched a kid on a Friday afternoon & the principal suspended him for Saturday.

    • JGYank

      Yeah the league did this just to make it look like they care and to stop Arod from gaining support after getting hit by Dempster. They don’t want Arod to make a fuss about not being protected. Dempster might of hit him just to get a reaction from Arod so he would get suspended.

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    Might as well just fine him if that’s the only net effect.

  • DERP

    Since he likely won’t appeal, there will be people who will paint him to be this stand up guy since he is accepting his punishment and taking responsibility for his actions. Or something like that.

  • Mikhel

    If he appeals, i can almost see MLB (Joe Torre?) reducing Dempster’s suspension to three games.

    Remember what happened with the DBacks-Dodgers brawl a couple of months ago, even when everybody saw Puig punching Hinske in the back of his head, MLB saw fitting to suspend Hinske and not Puig, after Hinske’s appelation they reduced Eric’s suspension even though he didn’t brawl, and still they didn’t see what Puig did as worthy of a suspension.

    Then again, the Dodgers are the poster childs of MLB; Selig wants nothing more than to watch the Dodgers make it all the way to the World Series after stripping McCourt of the team (while blocking their pending deal with a TV network, so as to avoid Frank McCourt from having money to heal their finances which were in the toilette by their own excentricities… although he has not issued the same ultimatum to Loria, to the Mets’ owners nor any other team owner whose team has been losing for more years than Selig has been a MLB executive).

  • BK2ATL

    MLB continues to be a running joke lately.

    So, let’s get this right. SP throws 1st pitch to batter behind him. Next 2 pitches well inside. Drills batter with the 4th pitch. Only then does the plate umpire decide to do something. But rather than specifically punish the blatant offender, he threatens everyone with ejection. SP should have been immediately thrown out and his team should have had to scratch together 8 innings for the rest of the game. Same as Strasburg vs. Atlanta.

    Manager of targeted batter vehemently objects to this joke of a warning against his team. And gets ejected subsequently. IF team of the targeted player responds, they get ejected and fined….

    Oh yeah, and Boston DID hit another Yankees’ batter in the game. No ejection, even after the warning. It probably wasn’t intentional, but nonetheless, had CC, Kelley, D-Rob or Mo hit a Boston player, instant ejection.

    MLB rewards Dempster with a 5 game suspension, and I’m sure Girardi will get fined as well.

    Take A-Rod out of the mix and see how this plays out around baseball. It’s a joke. The Dodgers and Padres showed how this kind of bush league stuff should play out.

    Glad we won the game, but further damage to Boston would have been done if the umpire was competent and made the right call to remove Dempster at that time. They would have probably crawled into SF with a depleted bullpen during a west coast swing. Vulnerable. Then the 5 game suspension would’ve been much more acceptable.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    What about the ump? Dempster throws 4 intentional balls at ARod and on the fourth he finally plunks him good. Ejection?! Nope. Now he doesn’t miss a start, Girardi, gets fined and the ump gets off with nothing. Failure all around by MLB and its umpires.

    • lightSABR

      Agreed. It’s stupid.

    • jjyank

      Yup. Makes no sense to me. Pitcher suspensions are dumb. Don’t suspend a guy for X amount of days, just flat out say in the sentence “Ryan Dempster is fined X amount of dollars and will miss one start.” Allowing the team to easily work around a suspension is a joke. I’m shocked that such obvious logic isn’t already employed.

  • 28 this year

    According to this, Dempster doesn’t even lose 5 days pay, just the undisclosed fine

  • Kered Retej

    Agree, the “punishment” is a joke, but on the plus side Dempster’s been awful for the Sox and the more games he loses for them the better the Yanks’ playoff chances.

  • Bubba

    In related news, MLB issued a statement saying that Dempster was naughty for plunking A-Rod and if he does is again he will be subject to a time-out and no dessert.

  • JGYank

    He should of missed a start but he sucks anyway. At least they did something.

  • Dro413

    Definition of garbage- Ryan Dumpster

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  • Deep Thoughts

    I enjoyed O’Nora taking one to the throat off Stewie’s mitt. That’s justice on the field.

  • Mscott

    So MLB is saying that if you’ve got $2500 you can hit Arod. I did the math: Dempster makes $13,250,000 so him being fined $2500 is like me being fined $18.87. I can think of a number of people I’d like to throw a baseball at at the price of $18.87…

    Also a suggestion to Joe Girardi: on Friday September 6th, at home against the Red Sox, start Joba…