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Scott Diamond drops appeal, starts serving suspension

Aug 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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As expected, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing at Josh Hamilton and will begin serving his punishment tonight.

Diamond was just waiting until making his scheduled start last night, at which point he could serve the six-game suspension and basically just push his next start back a couple days.

Diamond threw at Hamilton in retaliation for Roy Oswalt throwing at Joe Mauer earlier in the August 23 game and was ejected in the third inning. He also took the loss last night, allowing five runs in seven innings against the Mariners in front of the smallest crowd in Target Field history (which included me).

  1. JB (the original) - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Diamond threw at Hamilton in retaliation for Roy Oswalt throwing at Joe Mauer earlier in the August 23 game and was ejected in the third inning.

    Objection! Speculation, the writer has no idea what Diamond was thinking at the time the incident occurred.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Isn’t this type of thing an abuse of the appeal system?

    • mattyflex - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      I was just thinking the same thing. They’re able to (somewhat) exploit the appeal system in order to minimize the consequences.

      I remember someone a few weeks back mentioning that rather than being suspended X (amount of) games, they should be suspended X (amount of) starts. It didn’t go over well with the readers, but I can’t remember exactly why. This seems like the most viable option to avoid working around the appeal system, but someone right below me is going to explain why it’s dumb.

    • sometogethernow - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      The ejection of Diamond when Oswalt hadn’t even gotten a warning earlier in the game was an abuse of umpiring, so…even steven?

  3. mplsjoe - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    How does Diamond get suspended and the dude for the Cardinals who threw at a Pirates player yesterday (in retaliation for bowling over the Cards catcher) not even get tossed?

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