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Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension

Apr 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan AP

Ubaldo Jimenez has filed an appeal of his five-game suspension for hitting Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday, which is no surprise after the Indians right-hander insisted that he didn’t hit his former Rockies teammate on purpose.

Jimenez was scheduled to start the Indians’ second game of the season, but would have to be pushed back to at least the sixth game if the suspension is upheld.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy called Jimenez hitting Tulowitzki “the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball.”

Jimenez repeatedly said that he didn’t intend to hit Tulowitzki, explaining that “people act like this is the first time that somebody got hit … it happens all the time” and explaining that his control during Sunday’s game “was everywhere” with five walks before the hit by pitch.

Jimenez was not ejected from the game despite the benches clearing. Tulowitzki underwent X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s day-to-day with a bruised elbow.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I’m going to start calling him U-bold-o, for having the “guts” >ahemahem< to even attempt to suspend something he actually did blatantly.

  2. wrg885 - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Opposite of manhood…

  3. largebill - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    They will have to grant his appeal or pretend they can read minds and know a man’s intention. Otherwise they will have to start suspending every guy who hits a batter.

    Also, for Jim “Most gutless thing I’ve seen in 35 years” Tracy, someone took the time to look back and see what you should have remembered: http://www.fanfeedr.com/mlb/cleveland-indians?id=caf58d62-05f5-513c-b715-4ad3cd45d99f Turns out Jim was manager of a pitcher who beaned a guy in the head intentionally in a spring training game and then ran and hid in his own dugout. Will any beat reporter have the integrity to ask Tracy about his faulty memory?

    • ezthinking - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      So bean away is you attitude. Nice.

      • largebill - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        That is not what I said. I said either they need to suspend every pitcher who ever hits a guy or pretend they are able to discern intention. Any pitcher who wants to succeed has to pitch inside effectively. Batters expecting an outside pitch lean in so they can reach it with authority. Sometimes batters guess outside when a pitcher is coming inside. Bottom line:guys will get hit occasionally. Up and in where you could hit the head and kill a guy is clearly wrong. If you miss on an inside pitch to the mid section of the body you’ll usually just leave a healthy bruise.

      • stex52 - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        Without trying to be a mind reader, I suggest it is usually pretty easy to tell. A lot of inside stuff starts off about where is should be and dives in suddenly, usually toward the legs. It’s a rare pitcher who can do that on purpose. A lot is also situational. A guy who is ahead in the count or has people on base and hits someone is so dumb he needs to be cut. What’s a better put-down than striking a guy out?

        Usually the ones I see that are no-doubters are straight, flat, and hit the batter in the ribs or back. If you watch the pitcher’s expression on the replay, that’s a pretty good clue, too. Quite a few will telegraph the fact that a pitch didn’t go where they meant.

        If I can do that, I think your average umpire can do it better.

    • jwbiii - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Thanks, largebill. Seems like Tracy knows a thing or two about gutlessness, but may have some difficulty judging levels of it.

    • ssazz - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      So, you say in one sentence there is no way to know a pitcher’s intent, then follow by saying that Mota threw at Piazza “intentionally” in 2003. How exactly do you get to have it both ways?

  4. motherscratcher23 - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    As an Indians fan I’m not sure how to feel about all of this.

    Either it was unintentional and I’m concerned about Ubaldo’s lack of command.

    Or it was on purpose and I’m relieved he finally hit something he was aiming at this spring.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Well Tulo IS larger than the strike zone, so it’s not exactly an accomplishment…

  5. motherscratcher23 - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    As an Indians fan I’m not sure how to feel about all of this.

    Either it was unintentional and I’m concerned about Ubaldo’s lack of command.

    Or it was on purpose and I’m relieved he finally hit something he was aiming at this spring.

    • motherscratcher23 - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Not sure why it posted this twice

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    He should try to appeal some of his starts from the last season and a half and try and get MLB to take some of the earned runs off some of them.

  7. exhibits5 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    what. jerk the commissioner should suspend this this punk for 81 games

  8. watchfullhose - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    What a bunch of Sallys. If you don’t like a pitcher beaning your guy….pick one of theirs a send a message. Freakin crybabies.

    They want to lean all up on top of the strike zone, but god forbid they get hit in the elbow.

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