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MLB decides not to suspend Stephen Strasburg

Aug 20, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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On the same day that MLB suspended Ryan Dempster for throwing at Alex Rodriguez in a game he wasn’t ejected from Stephen Strasburg has avoided a suspension for throwing at Andrelton Simmons in a game he was ejected from.

No official announcement has been made yet, but Mark Zuckerman of reports that Nationals manager Davey Johnson has also avoided a suspension stemming from Saturday’s incident in which Strasburg plunked Justin Upton in the hip and then later threw consecutive pitches behind Simmons.

Strasburg and Johnson were both ejected because warnings had been issued previously, although they each insisted afterward that the pitches were due to wildness and were not premeditated. Given the previous animosity between the two teams–and the multiple plunkings of Bryce Harper by Braves pitchers recently–that was a hard sell for many people. But apparently not MLB.

  1. elwaysagenius - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    His suspension comes from having to be on the Nationals and getting no run support

  2. natslady - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    He had already plunked Justin Upton (before warnings were issued). That was the retaliation for Harper. Apparently MLB was okay with that (“tradition”) but not with Dempster/Rodriguez (not “tradition”).

    • historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      BTW, I was kind of waiting on Craig to post about the college baseball player who was killed so I could point out that you were (sadly) vindicated in your statement that young men with too much time on their hands will sometimes do bad things.

      • natslady - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        That was unbelievably awful. Made the Washington Post.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I know. I’m not proud.

  3. sportfandc - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I bet the fact that no one from the Braves got suspended, for all the Bryce throwing, had something to do with the lack of suspensions for the Nats.

    • duvisited - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Of course Strasburg’s actions were much less ambiguous than any of the “Bryce throwing.”

  4. misterj167 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    The only guy who could have conceivably been punished from the Braves was Avilan, and since he was removed from the game before he threw another pitch anyway by Freddi no ejection was necessary. Strasburg hit Upton which got warnings but wouldn’t have resulted in an ejection or fines anyway. If he had thrown behind Simmons just once he probably would have gotten away with it but two consecutive times looks pretty dubious.

    • natslady - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Avilan’s pitch injured Harper. Someone said on a previous thread that players don’t get injured with HBP unless it’s on the hands. Not true. Chipper (when he was on Twitter) posted a picture of a huge bruise on his leg from a HBP. Amazing he could walk or play with it.

      Freddi claimed he lifted Avilan so he could bring in a righty to face Werth. OK, then. The crowd gave Avilan a standing O. Meanwhile, due to the stupidity of Scott Hairston (grrrrr), Harper had to play injured on Saturday.

      • duvisited - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        The crowd is dumb. Most crowds are dumb. That still doesn’t make any more likely that Avilan would choose to put the lead run on for no reason, even under the “unwritten rules.”

    • emdash01 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Yeah, as a Nats fan I don’t have any issue with him being ejected – I don’t think it was on purpose, but under the circumstances the ump kind of had to treat it like it was. And if he lost his mechanics badly enough that he was missing that badly, it honestly did the team a favor that they didn’t have to take the time to warm up a reliever to get him out of there.

      With that said, I imagine the league didn’t give any further punishment because they watched the whole sequence and thought it was so bizarre that no one could possibly be doing that on purpose.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Teheran could’ve been suspended.

  5. scdocal - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Glad nobody got suspended.

  6. nadpak - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    i rule applies to all regardless who the player or team, either is a suspension for all or for no one, the league only creates headaches for it self when it chooses to be unpredictible!

  7. nadpak - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM


  8. greymares - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    gladys…….. is that short for Happy Heiny ?

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