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Ryan Dempster suspended five games, Joe Girardi fined following the A-Rod plunking

Aug 20, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Major League Baseball did what it had to do: the league just announced that the Red Sox Ryan Dempster has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the top of the second inning of Sunday night’s game.

If it hadn’t suspended Dempster, the league would have been sending a message to the rest of baseball that throwing at a batter intentionally — or, at the very least, unpopular ones like A-Rod — was acceptable. That’s simply untenable for a league which purports to disapprove of pitchers throwing at batters on purpose.

Joe Girardi was fined due to his animated argument with umpire Brian O’Nora.

The Red Sox have two games off in the next week, so Dempster is unlikely to even miss a start, *rendering this more of a five-game’s-salary fine as opposed to an actual suspension. That is, assuming he doesn’t appeal.  Which, given that many are saying that Dempster hit A-Rod because he disagreed with Rodriguez being allowed to play pending the appeal of his own suspension, would be pretty rich indeed.

UPDATE: No, I was wrong. He still gets his salary, which makes this 100% symbolic, minus the fine.

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  1. vinnyboborinostein - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    I have seen pitchers intentionally throw at batters and nothing, I mean nothing is done, except the batter and the manager get angry. I follow the Tigers and as you may imagine they tend to pummel pitchers once in a blue moon…ok every other night give or take and the umpires look the other way and just let it slide. Major league umpires suck, they are unjustifiably egotistical and should be held accountable but sadly are not.

    As to Ass Rod, fuk him he is a tool.

  2. basedrum777 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I hate Arod and I’m a Yankees season ticket holder. I hope they suspend him for life or that he retires instead of playing once they uphold his 200 game suspension. I hope the arbitrator notices that he’s defrauded all of the owners who have paid him in his time in MLB and ups the suspension to lifetime.

    That being said Dempster should’ve been thrown from the game. He intentionally hit a batter after missing 3 other times. That’s an ejection and always should be.

    • daveitsgood - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      How exactly has he “defrauded” the owners who have paid him? It seems to me that they paid him on a) past performance & b) potential expected performance, the latter being silly because those things are always hard to project and let’s not go into how dumb it is to give a player on the wrong side of 30 a long term deal… But explain how he defrauded the owners? Was it the 304 HRs and 141 OPS+ he put up in NY? Was it the 189 HRs and 138 OPS+ and superior defense at a premium position he put up in Seattle? or the 154 HRs and 156 OPS+ put up in Texas? All of that while being clearly an elite hitter/player. Which parts defrauded owners who willingly and voluntarily gave him those contracts and were subsequently rewarded with his performance as he lived up to the value of said contracts. He statistically outperformed Derek “Captain TWTW” Jeter during his time period with the Yankees, so what’s the deal?

  3. cohnjusack - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I’ll do the honors.

    2000 Champions: Yankees
    Known PED User(s): Knoblauch, Canseco, Pettite, Clemens, Grimsley…damn, there were a lot.

    2001 Champions: Diamondbacks
    Know PED User on team: Matt Williams

    2002 Champions: Angels
    Known PED User on team: Troy Glaus

    2003 Champions: Marlins
    Possible PED User on Team: Ivan Rodiguez
    (accused of using by Jose Canseco in Juiced)

    2004 Champions: Red Sox
    Known PED User on Team: Manny Ramirez
    Possible PED User on Team: David Ortiz (said to be on 2003 list)

    2005 Champions: White Sox
    PED Users….I got nothing!

    2006 Champions: Cardinals
    Known PED User: Gary Bennett (Mitchell Report)

    2007 Champions: Red Sox
    Known/Possible PED User: Ramirez and Ortiz

    2008 Champions: Phillies
    Known PED User: JC Ramero (suspended)

    2009 Champions: Yankees
    Known PED User: Alex Rodriguez (not sure if anyone is aware of that)

    • El Bravo - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Go White Sox?

    • bigharold - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      “2004 Champions: David Ortiz (said to be on 2003 list)”

      “Said to be”?? He held a press conference at Yankee Stadium and acknowledged that he was on the 2003 “survey”.

      He also said some BS about not being aware, .. finding out what he tested positive for, .. and coming back and explaining it to his fans and teammates. Apparently he’s availed himself of the same investigative services as OJ used to track down the killer of his ex-wire.

      • badintent - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        OJ ‘s son did it and OJ covered for him. Son was a chef and owned a nice set of knifes.

  4. magicrat13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    you are either not very clever by copying a post from someone else, or you changed your screen name and posted it a second time…either way a complete waste of bandwidth….

  5. magicrat13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    how can you give him money?….i don’t know many 5 year olds who have jobs….

  6. bigdaddy44 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    The only reason Dempster should be suspended is because he missed A-Rod on the first three pitches.

  7. doublezero74 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Morons on here you think dempster threw at him 4 times obviously weren’t watching the game. 1st pitch was intentional. Ball 2 and 3 were inside but just off the plate. Nobody WATCHING (there’s that word again) or playing or umpiring reacted to them. At 3-0 he decided to try and hit him again. The key take away here is to know what you’re talking about.

  8. offseasonblues - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I for one don’t think Dempster was necessarily protesting ARod’s being allowed to play during his appeal. But he is playing, and clean pitchers aren’t terribly happy about what his fraudulent numbers have done to their honestly attained numbers.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I don’t remember Dumpster being elected to hand out any sentence on behalf of players.
      How come nobody threw @ Manny, Melky, Braun?
      Your post is ridiculous at best.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        and another thing, why didn’t he man up and say yes I did it, he is a punk
        and now BIG Papi has to get drilled @ the stadium, when the time is right.
        and he needed 3 pitches, what a douche.

      • yournuts - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        Don’t forget about big Papi? He is a PED user too.

      • lordstanley65 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        No, you spelled it wrong…it’s DEMPSTER, not DUMPSTER. I got your back,man. You’re welcome.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      “Honestly attained numbers”? Dumpster is a punk and so are the Red Sux. This just goes to show what a wannabe organization the Red Sux are and how fraudulent MLB has become under Slug, er Selig.

    • tony34343434 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      the whole A-rod saga is stupid. he is being targeted because he is not popular. Big Papi did PED’s he said he didnt know how that got into his body! the press said Ok i guess he is clean. That is like saying i am not sure how she got pregnant.

      Big papi

      tons of others also used but are well liked so they get a pass.

      If you believe Ortiz i have a bridge in Brooklyn i would love to sell you.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      King Caca, when have you been right?

  9. alan3008 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    What a joke. If he is not going to miss a start or two, why suspend him at all? That’s ridiculous! Just fine him then.
    I really think the author of the story got it wrong. He says “The Red Sox have two games off in the next week”. Two games off? What? Are they going to forfeit games? I think he meant to say two DAYS off, no games scheduled. If Dempster is missing five actual games and in the next seven days they have five games, if they keep the same four day rotation, his next start would be delayed a day. Not much of a suspension penalty.
    They should have suspended him for 15 games. That way, he misses two starts.

    • ezthinking - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      It’s five games, not five days. If it takes a week for the five games, it takes a week.

  10. alan3008 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    No one is going to be able to pitch inside on A-Roid again. If they do and one hits him they will say the pitcher was throwing at him and kick the pitcher out. Advantage A-Roid.

    • bigharold - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Pitching inside is one thing, .. throwing behind him,.. pitching inside for two more pitches and then hitting him is something else.

      Hell, Chamberlain got two games in 07 and didn’t even hit Youkilis. He should have got enough games to miss at least one start.

    • killerdrgn - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      No if you watch the video, the 4 pitches that he threw at A-Rod were completely intentional. The first pitch went behind A-Rod. The next two pitches were very inside, like he was attempting to hit him right in the elbow. And the last and final pitch was just square in A-Rod’s ribs.

      If this actually happened in the street, Dempster would have been charged with assault, or battery at the very least.

    • alan3008 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      A lot of people on here do not know a damn thing about pitching and hitting for them to give me 32 thumbs down. Unbelievable.

      • electstat - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Not NEARLY as unbelievable as you watching your anonymous thumbs up and thumbs down to see if you are popular in your little world of armchair sports authority.

      • William Miller - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Sorry we hurt your feelings. I’m sure your credentials are vastly superior to the rest of us. All we have are our eyes, and common sense.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        Extra thumbs down for whining

      • 4d3fect - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        That’s 52 and counting.

        You’re welcome.

    • William Miller - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Nonsense. Dempster tried to hit A-Rod like four times in that at bat. It was obvious to everyone involved that he meant to do it. He just isn’t man enough to admit it. If another pitcher accidentally plunks A-Rod, he’ll probably first get a warning. It’s usually pretty easy to tell when it’s on purpose or not.

  11. jcrileyesq - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    umpire should be fined and suspended in addition to Dempster

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I agree.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Actually anyone in the commissioner’s office watching the game, and I imagine, there were many should have called down and should have suspended the umpire and demand that the new home plate umpire throw Dempster out of the game.

  12. davemvh - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Im just upset that Dempster missed the POS three times before he hit his cheating ass.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      ah relax, you need a hug.

      • yournuts - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        where is your meds? Take them immediately. What about big Papi? He cheated and lied too.

    • badintent - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      So you’re OK with Jason Heyward getting his jaw broke in 2 place with one pitch instead of 4 ? Love to see you and your tough macho talk take one MLB at bat facing Verlander. Go back to your EA MLB The Show video shit/
      Not a Arodless fan .But respect the game. Dumpster doesn’t Neither do you

  13. davemvh - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    And then there was Joe “i have no balls giradi” telling everyone what is right and wrong,when he has the biggest fraud in baseball in his lineup.Pssst, hey sport,clean up your own effin mess before you tell other whats dirty in their house.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      get a life, Dumpster is a punk and the manager sounds like a ass saying
      he was throwing inside, pussies!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Back off the vagina now.

    • William Miller - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Girardi was doing his job as the team’s manager. If he hadn’t gone out there, he might as well have gone home.

  14. worcester1962 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I wish every team would get together and walk Gayrod everytime he gets up, so he never gets another hit in baseball.

    • yournuts - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I wish they would too a 1000 OBP would be good. Well it looks like the Red Sox might have woken up a sleeping giant in the Yankees. Last week the Yanks were11 games out, now they are 71/2 games out. Do you hear those footsteps? People coming off the disabled list and it will be mighty interesting the rest of the way.

  15. Brinke - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The Red Sox privately loved that he did this. Drove the crowd wild. If it had been vs a last place team, no one woulda cared.

    • ditto65 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Bet they loved the A-Rod HR, too. Oh, wait…

  16. vincentbojackson - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    If he would have had the skill to hit him with the first pitch he probably wouldn’t have been suspended.

    When it takes 4 pitches its pretty hard to hide intent.

  17. jonrox - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    And O’Nora won’t be punished at all, despite letting a batter be thrown at four times, and ultimately hit, before warning the benches.

  18. codyclement - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    Can’t say that I’m shocked by this decision. Perhaps if he had hit I’m in the first, second, or heck even the third attempt it would be a different story. A good tip to the youngsters out there, if you’re going to throw at somebody get it right the first time.

    Ps. How does Strasburg get ejected for throwing at somebody and not get suspended, yet Dempster is suspended without being ejected? Oh well such is life I suppose.

  19. jcarne9014 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    The way that pitchers are “suspended” needs to be amended. You have to AT LEAST miss one start. Dempster’s suspension is absolutely meaningless.

  20. coltzfan166 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Surprised he wasn’t ejected. But Giardi was. Ump must’ve been a Red Sox fan.

  21. j0esixpack - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Worth it.

  22. Rajiv Radia - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Good to see MLB step up and discipline Dempster with the lack of any punishment during the game. He was blatantly looking to injure another player. He missed a few times and could have missed high and done some major damage to Rodriguez. This is the equivalent to intentionally injuring another player in the NFL. Not defending Rodriguez but who appointed Dempster to police baseball for the rest of the league?

    Having said that, it looks like Rodriguez and his ‘team’ are looking to distract everyone from the original story which is his PED use by looking to sue the Yanks doctor. The media and fans are fixated on that story now and little is said about his actual use of PED’s. I wrote up an article about this case and the likelihood of Rodriguez successfully suing for malpractice:

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