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Braves reliever Jonny Venters gets his suspension rescinded

Jul 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

You may or may not recall that Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters was handed a four-game suspension for plunking Prince Fielder a couple of weeks ago.  He appealed, and the smart money had that appeal getting his suspension reduce to two games or something because that’s how those things always go. Turns out, however, that baseball dropped the suspension entirely.

It’s not often you see that. The last time was Cliff Lee’s suspension for that spring training plunking, but not a ton more examples come to mind. It certainly surprises me, not only because it’s unprecedented, but because I actually figure he might have deserved a bit of a suspension. He threw one at Fielder’s head and, whether it was intentional or not, he was given a warning before the next pitch hit Prince in the back. The bigger injustice in my mind is that there was no discipline the next day when a Brewers’ pitcher hit a Braves player.

But there you are. Venters is eligible and he can take his 1.07 ERA into this weekend’s series against the Reds.

  1. NicoSamuelson2 - Jul 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Yay for my fantasy team!

  2. The Georgian - Jul 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Venters hit Fielder with a slow off-speed change-up. If you intend to plink a HR hitting lefty, you must to pitch him with sinkers and tight, inside change-ups. Reviewing the footage from several different angles showed that Venters did not intend to hit Fielder. The Umps initial warning was premature. If he knew how pitchers handle Fielder, he would never have issued warning to begin with. This Ump was also inconsistant when the Tigers hit a Brave batter, was it Hinskie?

  3. skipperxc - Jul 31, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Replay (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10011781) clearly indicates Fielder was hit with a 94 mph heater; the one at his head was 84, which isn’t exactly holding up traffic itself. And intent or no, you’ve got to be smarter than going back inside immediately — waste one down and away if you have to. You’d think it would be easier since he just got brushed off the plate anyway.
    As always, the easiest way to not get ejected is not to put yourself in position to hit a guy, especially after a warning, especially on the very next pitch. He deserved the suspension he got.

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