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Joel Peralta drops appeal, starts serving suspension tonight

Jun 22, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

Chris Cuccione AP

Joel Peralta appealed his eight-game suspension long enough to be available out of the Rays’ bullpen last night, but after taking the loss against the Nationals he’s decided to drop the appeal and begin serving his suspension tonight.

Perhaps the Rays just didn’t want to give the Nationals the satisfaction of Peralta beginning his suspension for having pine tar on his glove during their series, although letting him remain active and take the loss was probably even more satisfying for Davey Johnson and company.

Either way, Peralta will miss series against the Phillies and Royals, plus two games versus the Tigers, and is eligible to return next Saturday, June 30.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    I wish they would stop letting players schedule their suspensions like this. What was there to appeal? MLB has the freakin’ glove!

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      It was a dumb appeal. However, if you are going to have an appeal process, you have to let everyone use it. There’s no way to decide ahead of time what is a worthy case without undercutting the whole concept.

      One potential solution would be to let them increase the penalty if they determine that an appeal was completely groundless.

  2. natstowngreg - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    The point of appealing was to get the suspension reduced, not repealed.

    Perhaps the Rays knew that the suspension wouldn’t be reduced. Or, perhaps they looked at the schedule and said, we can get by without Peralta vs. the Phillies, Royals and Tigers.

  3. hittfamily - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    They brought their set up man into start a 2-2- game in the 6th. I doubt it had as much to do with revenge or redemption as it did with them knowingly having to play a few interleague series with an AL bullpen and playing a man down. They pitched him 3 days in a row (warming up counts, full go whether in the pen or the game hurts just as much the next day). They lost yesterday to win today and tomorrow. Pretty smart.

  4. daveod1817 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    This process is part of the merry go round. With the rain last night and the double header on sunday that will be two games but the rays only lose him for 7 days. saves the cheater for one day. But 8 game checks should be a hefty check.
    And it goes to show you who controls the decision to appeal or not appeal. Baseball needs to get their act together. This guy was 200 miles south of new York , all he had to do was fly up there go in and kiss someones butt and fly back to DC .
    Need the new rule. Appeal the decision and lose it doubles . No more games. Just line no mere unwritten rules. And maybe put in a rule that pine tar anywhere on a player other than his bat, gone
    get out of town. We do 4 maybe five games a year. so that is 8 to 10 tickets a year at $40 each. Not much by baseball standards but you need someone to step up and buy the 8 to 10 seats just to break eaven. Keep this crap up and I will just watch on TV. MAYBE

  5. Jennie Oemig - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    There was no way he would have won the appeal anyway, but I still think the penalty was a little harsh given that Cole Hamels only got five games for purposely beaning Bryce Harper. http://98ontheblack.com/2012/06/24/2198980/

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