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Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

May 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment.

I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or, maybe, he just realized that he got off pretty good by losing only four games and figured that there was no point to an appeal. Certainly contrition and soul searching were not part of the process.

Now, my Blue Jays fan readers may once again proudly fill the comments section with “the ump should be suspended too” vitriol.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Here goes Craig. The ump should have been suspended for making 3 bad calls in a row. He owes Lawrie an apology for screwing up.

    Now we know why Gomes was called up. He will play third base in the absence of Lawrie.

    • paperlions - May 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Three bad calls in a row…so the pitch that was called a ball should have been called a strike?

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        The 2 ball fours that were called strikes and throwing him out of the game because he thought that he should have been on first base. All three calls were plain wrong. The called third strike was a deliberate error because he thought that Lawrie had shown him up on the previous pitch. Everyone in the ball park knew that the 5th pitch was ball 4 except the ump.

      • phillyphreak - May 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        I thought arguing balls and strikes was an automatic ejection. IF that’s the case, then the “third bad call” is a figment of your imagination. But honesty dude, there’s no defending Lawrie’s actions.

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        The actions of the ump are not defensible either. He screwed up.

      • 32bigg - May 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        What is with all the people on this site that think baseball players should be quiet, dispassionate wusses. Figure skating, curling, bowling, these are all things that you might enjoy a little better.

        Gotta take the context into account to. He had been screwed earlier in the game also, it was the bottom of the ninth, down by one, needing a base runner. He earned that base, and the Jays earned the opportunity to try and get him in. The umpire robbed them of that for the sake of his own ego.

        If that doesn’t put you into a rage, then I don’t want you on my team.

        Now me and some teenagers will get off your lawn if you’ll stop whining about how he wasn’t the exact right amount of contrite for you (which dropping the appeal demonstrates, but which was, of course, missed)

        Oh, and “my” Blue Jays fan readers…

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        How long do your temper tantrums last? My daughter is 8, and gives up after awhile.

        Is this because your mother didn’t breastfeed you?

      • paperlions - May 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        There is a giant chasm between “quite dispassionate wusses” and responsible adult behavior. The only options aren’t complete submission or throwing your helmet at the ump. In the middle, is where reasonable people live.

      • 32bigg - May 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        I told you I would get off your lawn only if you would stop whining. I’m still on your lawn.

      • 32bigg - May 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Responsible adult behavior? They’re not in an office. They’re not in the grocery store, or the local pub. They’re on a baseball diamond with other athletes. It’s not a tea party.

        Gimme a break.

      • paperlions - May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Again, you’re an idiot.

        The options are not tea party or throwing equipment. You can disagree in a reasonable manner that doesn’t involve juvenile temper tantrums.

      • 32bigg - May 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        First of all, I bet that ump had to change his shorts after that game. Nothing juvenile about that tirade, it was all man.

        Second, because you’ve decided to revert to name calling (which is juvenile, which makes you a hypocrite, you probably didn’t do it on purpose, which makes you ignorant to your hypocrisy), I will now not get off your lawn until you apologize to me.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Writers who never played any meaningful sport in their lives get upset when players get emotional on the field.

      They can’t relate

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        I don’t know what you consider a meaningful sport, but I was able to get through my teenage years playing a bunch of different sports without ever losing my cool like this. There’s really no excuse for it.

        I know you’ll say it’s different because he’s a professional athlete but I really don’t see how that makes this alright. If anything, that means he should be held to a higher standard.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Its almost as if people are pretending baseball does not have a long history with managers completely losing their minds on umpires.

        Completely losing their cool and acting perfectly insane.

        As if we don’t have a Hall of Fame littered with guys that chewed out an ump once, twice three times in their careers.

        Ok, Wade Boggs never said boo to an umpire but a great many have lost their cool. George Brett, Andre Dawson come to mind right away.

        But we still have these people talking about Lawrie losing his cool and there being no excuse for it.
        And like I said it’s being said by those who either can’t relate and/or love taking this holier than thou attitude/Politically correct stance on everything and anything.
        Completely over-reacting using terms like “soul searching” and “no excuse for being emotional”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        I have no problem if a guy wants to flip his shit on an ump but that’s different from throwing your helmet at him. Now please tell me all about how he wasn’t trying to throw his hemet at the ump.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Is the ump out of surgery yet?
        Do you read minds as well?
        What am I thinking?

        Ill tell you, Torre and MLB disagrees

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Perhaps they disagree because it would be too hard to prove he did so since it was not thrown directly at the ump but rather at the ground first. However, he certainly launched it in the ump’s direction and that to me is bad enough. You just don’t do that.

    • Mark - May 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Stop embarrassing other Jays fans. Not all of us believe the ump should be suspended. If anybody should be mad it should be at guys like Davis and everybody else who screwed up by making error after error giving a team like the Rays a chance to take the lead in the first place. The ump shouldn’t be suspended because he didn’t make the call you liked. Seriously, the strike 2 pitch was worse than the strike 3 pitch, which on pitch F/X was a borderline strike.

      I’m pretty disappointed by Lawrie’s actions. He had no reason to explode like that. It’s one thing to be pissed but that was batshit insane crazy.

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        I respectfully disagree. Lawrie should not have thrown his helmet; however that was in response to 3 bad calls in a row by the umpire. The umpire clearly screwed up and abused his authority when he tossed Lawrie out of the game.

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Wake up Mark. I represent myself. Whether you are embarrassed or not means nothing to me. I am pissed off at the umpire and the lack of accountability by umpires. Both Lawrie and the umpire screwed up. Lawrie apologized. The umpire did not. The umpire should apologize and should be embarrassed by his actions.

    • Old Gator - May 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Lawrie didn’t “drop” his appeal. He threw it to the floor and it bounced up, hitting Joe Torre in his lobotomy.

  2. shaggylocks - May 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Dropped his appeal, I think you mean.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      He did? Where did he drop it? I hope he didn’t lose it. He might need help finding it. Then again, maybe the purpose was to forget about it, hence he dropped the appeal. No need to go searching.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Maybe he threw it at the ground too.

  3. hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    “I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie”

    You suspect correctly

    The “Or, maybe” part that followed, not needed or correct.

    “Soul Searching” because he slammed his helmet and it barely grazed the ump…


    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Soul searching might not be the right term, although I’m sure there’s some sarcasm involved here, but maybe Brett should take some time to think about the fact that he’s in the majors now so he should start acting a bit more mature.

  4. delawarephilliesfan - May 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I am quite a pickle – all Phillies fans are supposed to reflexively disgaree with Craig…..on the other hand, the Blue Jays fans have lost all sense of reality here……

    Can someone help me out here? Is there a way they are both wrong?

    Nah, guess not….we are like Roosevelt and Stalin here

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      You are correct, although not all Blue Jays fans have lost their sense of reality. I like the Jays but I think trying to justify what Lawrie did is ridiculous.

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Good point – I always hate it when one wa-hoo Phillies fan runs on the field or applauds an opposing player getting hurt and I am lumped with them. So allow me to humbly remove my blanket statement

      • evanwins - May 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        WHAT LAWRIE DID WAS RIDICULOUS??? How about what the ump did was ridiculous? How about those 2 calls were ridiculous? How about Lawire had a perfectly logical reaction to a completely illogical situation?

        Suppose you were at your job and you did something absolutely textbook perfect. And then someone whom you didn’t work for came in and tore the whole thing up and then took you off the project completely? You’d walk away and just say oh well? Well I would say YOU were ridiculous.

        If more players reacted like they just got robbed while they are getting robbed maybe less robbing would go on.

      • hoober27 - May 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        In response to evanwins…

        Let’s take a look at your hypothetical situation. An independent auditor — who you don’t directly work for but has a contract with your employer to oversee you — makes a mistake and you let him know how displeased you are. He then decides to take you off said project because of your attitude problem. You completely lose your temper and throw your stapler at him. I wonder how long your suspension would be.

    • themuddychicken - May 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      You’re a pickle!?

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        There’s a schoolyard retort I should make, but my mind’s blank……

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Stalin? We were represented by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He was a bit of a cold fish, engaged in seances, frequented prostitutes and was the most astute and successful politician in Canadian history. His resume also included Harvard and Chicago.

  5. mydadyourmom - May 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Go Jays!

  6. mydadyourmom - May 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Not sure why Lawrie should be contrite anyway. He was sorry that the ump got hit with the bucket and said no. Nothing else he did was out of the ordinary. Playas yell at umps all the time.

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Wimpy ump. He forgot to keep his elbows up in the corners.

  7. jwbiii - May 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I figured he’d play through the Yankees series and then drop the appeal tomorrow. Then he’d miss the Mets and one game against the Rays. Maybe the Blue Jays feel the Rays are the more dangerous opponent?

  8. evanwins - May 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I am glad Lawrie did it. These Umps really take the fun out of baseball. And I understand the old “it’s the human element” story but how bad is that “human element” supposed to be before something is done about it.

    Lawrie headed to 1st before the ump made the call and the ump took it personally? Like “who is he to assume my supreme ruling on what the pitch is”? It was obviously a ball and if Lawrie ran to 1st because of something THAT obvious and the ump took offense to it and in turn called it a strike then Lawrie had EVERY RIGHT to be that upset about it. How about being a professional and doing your job. That’s what a professional does: their job to the best of their ability despite their personal feelings about something. And that’s exactly what’s missing from Major League Umpiring.

    I wish some player would just say “F- it” and beat an ump senseless with a bat after a bad call. Maybe then they would think twice about letting their personal feelings about something affect how they do their job.

    • sabatimus - May 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      It was directly Lawrie’s personal feelings that got him suspended and thereby affected his job–because he’s not going to be playing, albeit for a measly 4 games. The fact that you advocate for violence like this speaks to your character.

    • wlschneider09 - May 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      And evan loses.

      Officials in all sports make bad calls. Officials in all sports make good calls. Let’s not resort to beating them senseless because one threw your boy out of a game.

  9. woody82986 - May 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    I’m not saying Lawrie wasn’t a little over the top with his tirade, but he had a legitimate right to be completely pissed off. I’ve watched baseball for a long time and it is becoming more and more obvious that we can see when an umpire craps the bed with a call more often with tech advances. I love the “human element” to baseball, but if an umpire can’t show a parallel increase in accuracy to offset the fact that we can count the nose hairs he has with our HDTV’s, then they need to step aside and hone their crafts in a place where games don’t matter as much. MLB is too big of a money maker to allow this type of BS coming from umpires. Fans don’t go to the ballpark to watch umpires flex their peanuts and blow calls. I understand that by and large, umpires are overwhelmingly correct with the calls they make on a day in and day out basis, but this guy’s screw job of Lawrie warrants a suspension of his own. I’m not saying we need expanded replay or a computerized K zone. What we do need are egoless umpires who are more on their game than that guy was with Lawrie. Now beat me up for my long ass tirade.

    • sabatimus - May 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Lawrie totally had a right to be pissed. I’m glad you don’t seem to be advocating his behavior though; it’s one thing to be angry, and totally another what you do with the anger.

    • sabatimus - May 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      By the way, horrible officiating is one of several reasons why I hate the NBA. And David Stern does worse than nothing to address the situation–he enables and encourages the current system, which is totally absurd.

  10. jaysprospectarilo - May 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Lawrie is passionate about his team, his talent and the game. Being said, it would have been better he not launched his helmet at the ground that regrettably hit Miller.
    That being said, Lawrie apologized for the helmet hitting the umpire and therefore was a bigger man. Hell, Jim Joyce apologized for missing a call. Where’s the accountability for the officiating? Oh wait…its balls and strikes in an early season game.
    I’m not mad at Miller (mind you that was some pisspoor message he was trying to send or just downright disgusting umpiring), but at some point the umpiring is going to be scrutinized to the point where its beyond belief and there has to be some accountability.
    Just wish more arbiters had the chops of Jimmy Joyce, breaking the silence and admitting his mistake. (wonder if that PNG’d him a bit in the arbiter world).

  11. greggink - May 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Enough with the appeals. Own up, be a man and accept your punishment. You acted like an idiot. That goes for you too Vilma.

  12. dasher521 - May 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    I guess my question for Craig is, why shouldn’t umpires be held publically accountable by MLB for their poor behavior. If they make an error, they are human, no problem. What bothers is me is the baiting, confrontational attitude and short triggers they have (in ejecting players and managers). There was an incident later year where a centerfielder shook his head over a bad ball-stike call and was ejected. In recent games I have watched or attended I have seen Jerry Layne and Bob Davidson confront players or managers. I am not in favor of players throwing equipment or hitting umpires. Many of the umpires need to bath in pickle juice or something to develop thicker skin.

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