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David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well.

Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of another Red Sox-Orioles series, so the absence of the primary combatants will likely mean a lower likelihood of retribution, misguided or otherwise.

On Friday Ortiz said he was going to see his appeal all the way through.  My guess is that was just talk, borne of baseball frowning upon guys making it painfully obvious that they do things like appeal their suspension while playing the Rays, and then serve it while playing the Orioles.  But that’s what happens all the time anyway, and it appears to be happening here.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Good, maybe this will lead to less talk about it during this week’s series.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      LOL!!! dream on Ari.

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Next ten games: O’s, M’s, KC. Does it matter?

    • quintjs - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Pretty sure that is what most of the Ortiz appeal was about – getting to play in the Rays series.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    I wonder if Ortiz will use his down time to amp up his personal investigation as to how his name showed up on the PED users list. Remember how he couldn’t address that situation until he had a chance to investigate it? There must be a ton of discovery in that process, given the amount of time he has had relative to the amount of information he has disclosed.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:42 AM

      Way to stay on point.

      Yankee fan I figure? Do you REALLY wanna have this conversation?

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