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Rick Porcello’s suspension reduced to five games, but it’s kinda like zero

Jul 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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As I sit here watching guys throwing at each other in today’s Tigers game, I see news of the last Tiger who threw at a dude:

Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist reduced to five games. He’ll begin serving it Thursday.

Which basically means nothing for the Tigers, competitively speaking. Porcello pitched yesterday. He would not have pitched in the four games before the All-Star break. In the one game back after the break the Tigers were likely to reset their rotation anyway. So it’s essentially a no-game suspension plus Porcello being docked five days pay.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Way to make an example of Porcello, MLB! You really hit the nail on the head! #sarcasm #morons

  2. tigersfandan - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Alexei Ramirez was ejected by a higher power today.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      How’s that?

      • tigersfandan - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Well, Ramirez was likely upset because he felt the Tigers were retaliating for Sale’s bush league pitch at Fielder’s head earlier in the game. However, unlike Fielder (who walked away), Ramirez reacted angrily and created a benches-clearing fiasco. Based on the role he played in the situation, he probably ought to have been ejected, but he wasn’t. Instead, he singled, but then had to leave due to an injury (apparently cramps). Ramirez deserved to be ought of the game and, although he wasn’t ejected, he did have to leave. It was kind of a joke, but it is fun to think God threw Ramirez out of the game since the umpires failed to do it.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        I see what you’re saying now. God loves Detroit!

  3. yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Same as ever.

    Speaking of the Tigers, how about everyday AB’s for Tuiasosopo?

    Please, Jim, take those nicotine stained fingers and scrawl that lyrical assortment of vowels and consonants onto the lineup card every day, and then…relax. Duck down in the runway for a while the way you like to do. Ahh, isn’t that better?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Everyone made such a big deal about Mini-Miggy coming up, but Tui!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Seriously, down-thumbers, it’s so tiresome.

      • yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Piss on ‘em.

  4. bisonaudit - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The suspension regime for pitchers is a joke. A 5 game suspension is not a 1 start suspension it pushes a start 1 day. If you want to cost a guy a start suspend him for 9 days.

    After the LAD-ARI afair earlier this year: 10 games = 1 start plus 1 day = joke. If you want to suspend for 2 starts (still not enough) it should be a 14 game suspension.

  5. shaggylocks - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Question: if you’re a suspended player, are you supposed to serve your suspension in the dugout with your team, or are you not allowed in the dugout?

    • kcroyal - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      It’s kind of like getting ejected from the game. You got to go, unless you’re Valintine and wear a funny mustache.

  6. kcroyal - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    It’s all about the Benjamins I’m sure. Assuming he doesn’t get paid for these five games, where does that cash go?

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Ok, so let me get this straight, Sale didn’t get ejected because Prince didn’t walk toward the mound talking crap like Ramirez did? Also, Ramirez tries to start something and he doesn’t get ejected. Uh, huh. Okay, and the ump can tell Leyland to watch his back and Leyland gets ejected. That’s a bunch of fertilizer.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Like I said above, Ramirez was ejected, just not by the umpires ;)

  8. tigersfandan - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Something tells me that Chris Sale may not get to pitch in the All-Star Game.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Bahahahahaha! That will be an awkward dugout experience, eh?

    • kalinedrive - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      According to the Freep, Sale has no issue with Leyland. Whether Jimmy has an issue with him is unknown.

      Even so, the Chicago left-hander vouched for his innocence, saying he was merely frustrated after allowing Miguel Cabrera’s home run and was trying to throw the ball as hard as he could.

      “I’ve said it before,” he said. There’s a time and place for that, and this wasn’t the time or place. I’m not even trying to send a message. I’m not trying to back (Fielder) off the plate, honestly. I got a lot of respect for Prince, the Detroit Tigers and the game of baseball.

      “Going out there and doing something childish like that, that’s not who I am. That’s not what I do. It was one of those that kind of got away and unfortunately turned into something.”

      Sale said he wasn’t surprised the way Leyland reacted, and when asked if he would repeat those sentiments to him at the All-Star Game on Tuesday, said, “Damn right I will.”

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