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David Ortiz is appealing his $5,000 fine for smashing that dugout phone at Camden Yards

Aug 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz absolutely destroyed the press box-access phone in the away dugout at Baltimore’s Camden Yards on July 27 after arguing a third-strike call with home plate ump Tim Timmons. Now come the consequences.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Major League Baseball has fined Ortiz a sum of $5,000. The veteran slugger has appealed, but he seems doubtful to have any luck because facing no punishment for destroying property in a visitors stadium would set a pretty awful precedent.

Ortiz is making $14 million this season and has earned over $112.5 million in salary in his 17-year career.

  1. randomdigits - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Shame the arbiter doesn’t have the power to increase the penalty. It would certainly cut down on the stupid appeals if the punishment was increased to 10K and a game’s suspension.

  2. edouble86 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I hate this guy more and more every day. He just makes it so easy.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    He was lucky to avoid a one game suspension for his childish antics, and now he’s going to complain over a 5,000 fine? What a selfish, egomaniac, asshole.

  4. hairpie - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I am Sox fan since the ealry 70’s and i cant stand this guy. Total fraud. Cant wait for him to move on.

  5. fissels - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I’d say he got off cheap

  6. redsoxgoddessofmusic - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    @hairpie I find it hard to believe you or any of the other Ortiz-bashers here are really Sox fans. David Ortiz is a likeable personable gladiator. Of course he was wrong to damage property, and a fine is in order, but I’m surprised you don’t understand that he IS a gladiator who is hired to hit a ball as hard as possible out of a ballfield. In fact, there are few players as generally friendly mannered as Big Papi. C’mon Guys! Lighten up!

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