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MLB fines, suspends Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.

May 29, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

Jerry Hairston Jr. AP

Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider passes along notice that Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for his “aggressive actions” toward home umpire Ed Hickox on Friday against the Padres.

Hairston was ejected in the seventh inning Friday evening after arguing that Padres starter Clayton Richard quick-pitched him before he could step into the batter’s box. Hairston tried to call time just before Richard’s delivery, but time was not granted and he slapped a lazy fly ball to center field that was easily snagged by Cameron Maybin.

Hairston began arguing immediately and didn’t even bother running down the first base line. He was ejected quickly and appeared to make light contact with Hickox while arguing his point.

Hairston has appealed the suspension and is in Sunday’s starting lineup.

  1. cup0pizza - May 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I missed the incident. Must be because it was a Nats game. Surprised anyone noticed that this happened.

  2. baseballisboring - May 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    He wouldn’t be playing today if I were the manager. There’s no excuse for not running after you’ve hit the ball.

  3. micker716 - May 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I saw the play in question. Did Richard quick-pitch Hairston? Absolutely. Richard quick-pitches everybody. The dude always works fast. Richard came to the set position, it appeared that Hairston requested time, it wasn’t granted, and took a half-ass swing at the pitch. I didn’t see the contact with the ump. Didn’t seem like a suspension would be warranted at the time.

    • The Baseball Idiot - May 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      Working fast is not a “quick pitch”. A quick pitch is a specific violation of the rules when the pitcher delivers the ball before the batter has had a chance to come set at the plate.

      If Hairston was able to call time, then he could not have been quick pitched. He would have to have been set in the batters box to legally call time, so by his actions, he negated any possibility of a quick pitch.

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