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Clayton Kershaw drops appeal of nearly meaningless 5-game suspension

Jul 26, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

Clayton Kershaw initially planned to appeal last week’s five-game suspension for throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, but he’s now decided to drop the appeal and will begin serving the suspension immediately.
Five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are pretty close to meaningless, and in this case all it means is that Kershaw will make his next start with an extra day of rest. He’s now scheduled to pitch Sunday, coincidentally against Rowand and the Giants.
Kershaw has emerged as the Dodgers’ ace as a 22-year-old this season by going 10-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 138/58 K/BB ratio in 131 innings, including shutting out the Mets for eight innings last night.

  1. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Suspensions for pitchers (especially starters) need to be done some other way. They don’t play every day. And anything less than a 5-game hit to starters mean absolutely nothing. Maybe change the name, and thereby punishment (at least to everyday players and pitchers), to a start-based hit instead of game-based?

    But at least Kershaw is in the NL, where Lincecum, Zito and Co., can police the situation on their own, and not the AL, where pitchers can run amok.

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