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Report: Instigator Posada gets four-game ban

Sep 16, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

According to the New York Daily News, both Jorge Posada and Blue Jays reliever Jesse Carlson have received four-game suspensions for their actions that started a brawl Tuesday.
Posada’s penalty is clearly the harsher of the two, even if the time off is the same. Position players, starting pitchers and relievers are all treated differently when it comes to handing out suspensions, and if the league office had thought Carlson was as much at fault as Posada, he would have faced a longer ban.
As is, the penalties seem fair. Posada didn’t set off the brawl directly, so he doesn’t get quite the five- or six-game penalty that’s usually handed out to players who charge the mound. Still, he practically forced Carlson to respond when he delivered the quick shove after crossing home plate.
6:30 pm update – It now appears as though both Posada and Carlson will serve three-game suspensions, with the condition being that neither will appeal. That follows a common trend that’s developed these last couple of years: if the players decline to contend suspensions in a hearing, they’ll usually get a game knocked off, which is the best they can typically hope for in a hearing anyway. Both players will be begin serving their suspensions tonight.

  1. peteinfla - Sep 16, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Serves em both right! Besides, Posada is old and can use the break to be fresh heading into the playoffs. Carlsson can get a jump on his golf game!

  2. The Fan! - Sep 16, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Mr Great reported Matthew Pouliot…. It is 3 games, get it right!

  3. Rose Ann Quinlan - Sep 17, 2009 at 4:10 AM

    In my opinion …Both are equally to blame for the unsportmanship behavior , so UNLIKE Posada …who is a great Team Player and an asset to the Yankee Line Up ! They are very, very fortunate that no major injuries to either team occurred !!!! One issue I do have to express : Posada left the field immediately after he was instructed to do so …while Carlson remained in the Dug Out …he should have left immediately ….this was a total disregard to the rules ….when a player is thrown out of a game …he is to leave the field and not sit or stand with the other players of his team !!! Personally…I feel that he should have had another day or so MORE then Posada !!!!

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