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Scott Diamond suspended six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton, will appeal

Aug 24, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MLB has suspended Twins right-hander Scott Diamond six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton last night. He was also fined an undisclosed amount. Diamond intends to appeal, but the worst-case scenario is that his next start will be pushed back one or two days. No biggie.

Diamond didn’t actually hit Hamilton last night, but he threw right near his head. It was apparently in response to Roy Oswalt hitting Joe Mauer in the previous half-inning. Home plate umpire Wally Bell likely would have warned both benches if Diamond hit Hamilton in the thigh or something like that, but throwing near his head brought the quick hook. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stood up for his player and was also tossed, but Bell’s decision was justified.

Here’s the video of the play in question, starting with the Mauer hit-by-pitch:

  1. btwicey - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Gay rule. Lame ump

    • Kleinz 57 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Dude, come on with that kinda talk.

      • hittfamily - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        Isn’t it odd how gay bashers are usually the ones who claim to live by the golden rule? One of life’s great ironies. Kind of like how abortion picketers are the one’s who should have been aborted.

  2. kopy - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    How many games is Oswalt suspended for?

    • tjwilliams - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Seriously. Oswalt had a 3-0 count with 1st base empty and 1 out and his pitch came just as close (if not closer) to Mauer as Diamond’s pitch came to Hamilton. I’d say both pitches were just as purposeful.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Oswalt suspended either, but let’s be real, a six-game suspension for a pitcher is pretty much nothing.

      • hittfamily - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        It doesn’t hurt the team, as it shouldn’t. But it is a nice fine for the pitcher. I have no desire to be fined 4% of my yearly salary.

  3. wintwins - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I gotta say, the Twins don’t usually engage in this kind of bullshit, and I appreciate that.

    Very disappointed.

    • valhallaviking - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      some edge from this roster would be nice to see. i disagree the “twins way” is old news. we paid mauer $1 jillion dollars let protect him.

      • wintwins - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        Protect him?

        Pretty sure Mauer still got hit, so that’s not much protection.

        The old news is the tit-for-tat macho bullshit.

      • hittfamily - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        Macho bullshit? It serves a purpose. Do you think Hamilton, Beltre, or Cruz were enthralled when the Twins best player got plunked by a fastball within inches of his dome, knowing damn well they each had 3 more at bats to go that game? That pitch serves a purpose. Do you think the opposing team will attempt to pitch up and in (hardest pitch to hit) the rest of the game? The only mistake was that it was done immediately after. They could have had Mauer back their whispering “this is the one” the whole game.

  4. mikeincmn - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    If Oswalt doesnt get a suspension or hefty fine, then MLB has really made a joke ruling in this case. Of course, this wouldnt be the first or last time Bud and his merry band of idiots made a poor decision.

  5. illogic87 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I can’t believe Oswalt isn’t getting suspended…

  6. brokenduck - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Wally Bell should have thrown out Oswalt right after he threw at Mauer. Umpires were told to do this a few years ago, but instead they react to blatant head hunting throws with a meaningless warning that punishes both teams.

  7. beefytrout - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    First off, those homer-ass commentators need a tall glass of CTFO. Secondly, why in the hell would Oswalt be intentionally throwing at Mauer? Don’t give me that “Roy has pinpoint control” BS, the dude has been downright pathetic in several starts this year – to the point where he actually got demoted from the rotation!

    • kopy - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Pull your pants down so you can un-bunch your Rangers underwear.

    • mplsjoe - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Oswalt clearly was throwing at Mauer. When a 3-0 fastball hits the other team’s star player in the upper back/near the neck early in game with first base open, it is either the craziest coincidence ever or an intentional, purpose pitch.

      Oswalt should get the same 6-game suspension Diamond got. Actually, Oswalt’s should be longer, because he hit Mauer for no reason and started the whole thing.

  8. hittfamily - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Oswalt should be suspended too. I don’t care that the the count was 3-0, that doesn’t prove wildness any more than a guy who has thrown 30 consecutive strikes.

    I pitched D1 ball. Once upon a time I hit 93. Wildness was missing a fastball called down and in, down and over the middle. A bad release point was a pitch being called down, and missing up. In most cases, the 2 aren’t interchangeable. One is based on arm slot, while the other is dictated by release point. To fuck them both up on the same pitch, says that it was either intentional, or Oswalt is the worst pitcher in baseball.

    MLB pitchers can hit a spot within a 4 inch radius 99.9% of the time. 4 inches above the knees and 4 inches over the plate instead of being on the corner is a terrible fastball, and will likely be crushed. That fastball was 2 feet inside, and 6 feet high. Unacceptable, and unaccidental.

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