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Cliff Lee's suspension dropped

Apr 20, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

ESPN 710’s Shannon Drayer
that Cliff Lee’s suspension for throwing a pitch over the
head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder
during a spring training game has been dropped by Major League Baseball.

Lee’s defense, in a nutshell, was that he had been struggling with his
command early in spring training anyway, and that he really had no
control over the ball that hit sailed past Snyder’s noggin.

And who knows really if that was truly the case? What can be assumed,
however, is that if there is a hint that the real problem was
injury-related, Major League Baseball probably didn’t want to step into
some sort of grievance with the union over it. And I can’t say that I
blame them.

No matter the case, however, this was the right call. Even if there was no injury issue, a suspension seemed pretty out-of-order in this instance. This was a spring training game. Snyder was not hit. To the extent there was any bad blood as a result of it, it happened when Snyder started walking towards the mound.

The non-call is the right call here.

  1. IdahoMariner - Apr 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    excellent call. finally.

  2. Michael - Apr 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    MLB needs to stop suspending pitchers for throwing inside, period. Lip service to the batter’s safety only obscures the fact that it’s really meant to protect run scoring.

  3. Paul - Apr 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    A “hint” that the problem was injury related? Both Lee and the MLB decision quoted by the Mariners referenced his injuries. I don’t think there was any hinting about it, it’s been central to Lee’s case all along.

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