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Ian Kennedy drops appeal of 10-game suspension

Jun 17, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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While Diamondbacks’ right-hander Ian Kennedy thinks his 10-game suspension “doesn’t make sense,” he is ready to accept his punishment.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Kennedy has dropped the appeal of his suspension and will begin serving it tonight. Kennedy, who was handed the stiffest penalty for last week’s benches-clearing brawl with the Dodgers, initially appealed the suspension and tossed six innings of one-run ball yesterday against the Padres.

There is a strategic aspect to Kennedy’s decision, as he’ll effectively only end up missing one start. The Diamondbacks have scheduled off-days Thursday and next Monday, which gives them the ability to get by with four starters until Kennedy is eligible to return. The suspension isn’t an ideal situation for Arizona, as they may have to give three starts to Randall Delgado, but this isn’t the message MLB hoped they were sending.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I don’t quite understand this, and perhaps it’s just me. But Ian Kennedy seemed so hell bent on fighting this suspension I fully expected him to go through with it. He even said he intended to go through with it, so by not, he comes off to me as a coward and a pussy. For all the Dbacks whining and bitching about their suspensions (albeit Hinske’s may be the only one they really have a gripe with) you’d think they’d at least follow up on it.

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Or he realized he would only miss one start.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        He knew that when he strategically appealed and withdrew it right after his Sunday start. It was all a ruse.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Then Kennedy comes off as a coward. You don’t vehemently declare you’re going to see it through and then drop it after your next start.

      • albertmn - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        Settle down, flamethrower. It is what all starting pitchers do; claim you will appeal and then drop the appeal the day after you start a game and then only miss the minimal number of starts. It’s people like you with warped senses of “justice” that feel you need to prove something that start all the crap like beanball wars in the first place.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        “Settle down, flamethrower. It is what all starting pitchers do; claim you will appeal and then drop the appeal the day after you start a game and then only miss the minimal number of starts. It’s people like you with warped senses of “justice” that feel you need to prove something that start all the crap like beanball wars in the first place.”

        I’m not saying Kennedy has anything to prove. In fact, I think he’s in the wrong to begin with. And I know this happens all the time. But I’ve never heard of a pitcher (or a team for that matter) making such a fuss over suspensions like this. If Kennedy truly believes he doesn’t deserve 10 games, he should follow through with his appeal. That’s all I’m saying.

      • sabatimus - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Yep. Exactly what most of us thought he’d do: game the system.

  2. neoshweaty - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Why are suspensions not meted out differently for a pitcher given the fact that so many don’t play everyday? Say they suspend him for 2 starts instead of 10 days. Certain amount of appearances for relievers etc. in order to make it equal to position players.

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      How would that work? Could they pitch in relief? pinch run? Would a start count as every fifth day, and why not managers switch rotation around to make starts come in less than 10 days. Just curious about loopholes with that.

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Lol missing 1 start. That will show em!!!

  4. breastfedted - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Kennedy decided to drop the appeal after he saw that I called him a douche for questioning being punished after throwing at people’s heads in another hardballtalk entry. I take credit for Kennedy dropping the appeal. Anyone want my autograph?

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Actually, I talked to Kennedy, and he said you calling him a douche “doesn’t make sense.”

  5. sheriffpeyton18 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Greinke should be suspended as well.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Puig punched Hinske – add him to the list.

  6. junglerat524 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Nothing says MLB can’t still review it again & add on. Except Bud has nowhere near the balls Goodell has.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      I don’t have my copy of the CBA handy, but I would fully imagine that it does, in fact, say MLB can not review it again and add on

  7. acdc84 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    This was obvious from the day the suspension was announced. “Appeal” the suspension to save a little face, make ur next scheduled start, and coincindently (spelling?) drop ur appeal the very next day so u miss minimal time. Suspensions for starting pitchers are idiotic. If MLB wants to suspend a SP where they miss two starts officially suspend them for 12-13 games and make them earn it…

  8. icanspeel - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    It’s MLB’s fault Kennedy was able to get around the system with an appeal since the brawl happened on a Tuesday and they didn’t announce the punishments until Friday.

  9. badintent - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    It’s a Kennedy, the family thinks they can get away with anything, booze smuggling, union bribing, election fixing, bring whores in the White House, raping girls, driving drunk on wooden bridges, and supporting Obama against the Clintons. So why not a suspension for throwing at two player’s heads ? If anyone else did this, they would get 20 games.O Camlot, you come to me in a dream and then you send Hoffa to prison and piss off his mob friends………………

  10. scotttheskeptic - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    I have posted this thought before. Suspensions should also cost the team the roster spot. Then the when/if of dropping an appeal isn’t a tactical advantage to the player.

  11. nbjays - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I’ve said it before, I think when a pitcher gets suspended for intentionally throwing at a batter, his suspension should carry the same weight as a position player’s:

    When a position player gets a 5-game suspension, he sits for 5 games that he normally would have played in.

    A pitcher should get the same thing… in other words, 5 games should mean 5 starts.

    That would put a stop to this headhunting bullshit.

    • albertmn - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I’ve said something similar before, as it doesn’t seem fair on the face of it. But, I have given it more thought and changed my mind a little (yes that’s allowed). When you remember that starting pitchers only pitch maybe 30-36 times per season them getting 10 days to miss a start is similar to a position player missing 5 games, and maybe that was the intent here. A starter missing 5 starts would be more like a position player missing 25 games, as far as a percentage of the season and impact to the team.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        That seems reasonable to me for throwing at heads still.

      • jeffbbf - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Don’t forget the monetary aspect. When a player is suspended, do they lose money based on the # of games suspended / 162? If so, Kennedy will lose approx. $260k, or about 6% of his annual salary I’m not sure it’s fair for a pitcher to lose 5X the money a position player would lose just because a starter only throws once every 5 games. And…a starting pitcher has much more affect on any single game than any position player does.

  12. dorbs345 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Pitcher suspensions are a joke. They should be suspended starts rather than games. They beat the system every time and show every one how incompetent and stupid Selig is. How many times have you seen a pitcher get a 5 game suspension yet they don’t miss a start. Something needs to change.

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