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David Ortiz avoids suspension after tantrum

Jul 29, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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David Ortiz‘s dugout tirade in Saturday’s game against the Orioles might yet see him fined, but it won’t result in any sort of suspension, an MLB source told CSN New England’s Maureen Mullen on Monday.

It seems like a ludicrous decision given Ortiz’s recklessness in taking a bat to a dugout phone and potentially injuring teammates. If it had been anyone other than Ortiz, it’s a safe guess the Red Sox would have taken the initiative and benched him for a day or two, if not officially suspending him. But they weren’t willing to risk their biggest bat turning on them.

Ortiz followed up the tantrum by going 4-for-4 with a homer in Sunday’s game. He’s again in the lineup as a DH tonight.

  1. ezwriter69 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    If a guy is that reckless, volatile, and unable to control himself at work knowing millions are watching him, can you imagine what he must be like at home, especially after a couple of beers or three? Yikes… pity whoever lives with this child.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Point taken. But Ortiz is a very large mammal.
      My guess…he could drink a 6 pack standing on his incredibly large head.

    • umpire - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Not for your ezwriter69 i am just speaking in general.

      As a red sox fan Ortiz really show the love of game and its very lovable guy. Personally i think he should of got at least two days and fine.

      But he also did in the dugout and not on playing field and the phone only got hurt.

    • umpire - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Now i will comment on your post, that the most digusted thing i read nice jumping to huge assumption

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