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MLB suspends Brandon Workman, but not David Price, after Red Sox-Rays plunkings

Jun 3, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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MLB has suspended Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman six games for throwing a pitch at Rays third baseman Evan Longoria on Friday.

Workman didn’t actually hit Longoria, as the pitch instead went behind him, but both teams had already been warned after David Price hit David Ortiz with a pitch earlier in the game. Workman claimed afterward that “the ball was slick and it slipped out of my hand.”

Also noteworthy: Price was not suspended for actually hitting Ortiz with a pitch, presumably because there had yet to be a warning issued. It’s also possible that MLB determined Price didn’t act on purpose, although Price’s comments afterward certainly suggested he had.

Workman is scheduled to start for the Red Sox tomorrow, so it would probably make sense for him to appeal the suspension, if only temporarily, so that he could pitch that game before sitting out.

  1. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    What a load of crap

    • sabatimus - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Well, the suspension is in keeping with how the umps handled the on-field stuff. Which is to say, poorly.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        I see that the 27 and 31 Red Sox had another moral victory tonight. They are only 7.5 games out of first place and have plenty of time (almost 4 months) to continue to stew about the injustice foisted on them by MLB.

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Wow, Bad aim and a time out. sounds like sunday school.

  3. thinman61 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    This is total BS. The pitcher who hit 3 batters was allowed to remain in the game and is now not suspended? The pitcher who hit no one was ejected from the game and is now suspended? Biased much, MLB?

    • indaburg - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      MLB is totally biased towards small market teams.

    • scoochpooch - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Ortiz showboats = getting hit in the hip. Story over, game resumes.
      Lucksox hypocrisy continues and they won’t let the incident go.
      Do you really think Price hit Crap on purpose? He sucks, why put him on?
      Rays took their actions straight out of the Franconia/Farrell playbook yet you turn a blind eye.
      And yes, you are quite biased. Which jersey did you wear to work today? Celtics, Bruins, Pats, or Sux?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Since both teams had been warned, the suspension was earned fair and square.

    • thinman61 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      You’re ignoring the fact that Price hit 2 other batters after the warning was issued. Suspend neither of them, or suspend both. Suspending Workman—who hit no one—but not Price is BS.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        You are ignoring the opinion of the umpire that those other hits were unintentional. It is the umpire’s opinion that matters not yours. There was a game on Saturday in which 3 Blue Jays were hit and 1 Royal was hit. The umpire correctly ruled that all 4 incidents were unintentional. Nobody got in a lather in that game and nobody cried to the media.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Yeah, and umpire opinions are completely beyond reproach. We’ve never seen an umpire who’s had consistent problems with a particular team, ever. They can’t even find the strike zone inning to inning, why are we trusting their judgement again?

        And this is Price we’re talking about here, a former Cy Young Winner, 3 time All Star, AL Wins Leader and AL ERA Champion…who hit 3 guys in one game. Who came into the game with what, 1 HBP in his first 11 games? And high-fived his teammates after drilling Ortiz? Yeah, sounds completely legit.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        *hit 2 guys

      • Paul White - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        proudly canadian – Nope, wrong. The umpire did NOT rule Price’s HBPs as unintentional. He explicitly labeled the first one of Ortiz as overtly intentional, hence the warnings that he immediately issued. In fact, he is not allowed, by rule, to issue warnings UNLESS he feels the pitcher was throwing at the hitter with intent.

        So, in short, the umpire labeled two incidents as intentional – Price’s HBP of Ortiz and Workman’s attempt to hit Longoria – and yet the incidents were punished completely differently, both in the game and afterward. The actual instigator, Price, gets off with zero punishment. Such is baseball’s comic “warning” rule.

      • matt14gg - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Price should be suspended for hitting Ortiz since both Price and Maddon that was on purpose.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        PC taking an anti-Boston stance? Color me shocked.

      • blacksables - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        If, in the umpire’s judgment, circumstances warrant, both teams may be officially
        “warned” prior to the game or at any time during the game.

        Sorry, Paul, the above is straight from the rulebook. Umpires can, and routinely do, give warnings to both benches before games start.

        Also, the intent of the warning is not to determine intent. If the umpire feels it was intentional, he can eject the pitcher immediately, without warning. Happens all the time.

        The warning comes, regardless of intent, in order to stop retaliation.

        If a pitcher hits a batter accidentally, the other team doesn’t always agree, and then gets stupid and starts throwing at the other team.

        The intent of the warning is to stop teams like the Red Sox acting like complete asses.

    • mjdkid100 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Order of Events:
      Price hits Ortiz.
      Warnings to both teams.
      Price hits Carp.(not thrown out)
      Workman hits no one.(thrown out)
      Oviedo hits Gomes(not thrown out)

      Makes no sense whatsoever.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        You seem have a problem with the written rules of baseball. It is up to the umpire to decide if a hitter was intentionally thrown at. The key concept is “intent”.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Says the guy who didn’t know that Umps had to think a pitch was intentional, in order to warn in the first place.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Canadian- If the ump thought there was no intent in Price’s beaning of Ortiz, no warning would have been issued.

  5. mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    So, the message is, drill people in the top half of the first, warn both teams, then when the retaliation occurs (which it almost always does), the team that didn’t start it gets a pitcher ejected. There’s absolutely no way this is going to get ugly.

    • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Now that I think on it a bit, this is actually a great loophole to exploit. If Umps have to warn before ejecting, then you can quite literally drill anyone in the top of the first, force the Ump to warn both teams, and then no retaliation w/o ejection. It’s literally a win win for the home team, every single time.

      Alternatively, you could start seeing a hell of allot of line drives straight back at the pitcher from now on. Players are going to find a way to exact revenge, and the dangerous part of that is you can’t eject a player for hitting the ball into play even if it does seriously injury another player.

      • stabonerichard - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Alternatively, you could start seeing a hell of allot of line drives straight back at the pitcher from now on. Players are going to find a way to exact revenge, and the dangerous part of that is you can’t eject a player for hitting the ball into play even if it does seriously injury another player.

        This is great.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Full disclosure: This isn’t to say I want pitchers getting drilled with line drives. The Alex Cobb incident was horrific, and nobody should _ever_ want that. However, if you tie players hands, and force them to get creative with their revenge, someone’s going to get seriously injured.

        What’s better, 2 pitchers get to tag a player each, or hitters start targeting the pitcher with line drives? Because that’s really the only recourse there is (aside from charging, which gets the batter ejected anyway).

      • stabonerichard - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        You could also start to see a lot of players’ wives/girlfriends having to duck out of the way of line drive foul balls. I certainly don’t want to see it, but when emotions run high and players start to get fed up, they will get their revenge.

        Well maybe that’s too extreme. I will give the players more credit than that. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Rays players start lining foul balls towards any beer cup that is in the vicinity of a Sox player’s wife, girlfriend or concubine.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        As shady as some ballplayers are, I highly, highly doubt they’re going to transfer their anger towards the wives/GF’s of other players. I mean, ballplayers can act like children at times, but going after people not even involved in the game, makes even less sense than drilling players in the first place.

      • nhstateline - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        so one night in Pittsburgh, years ago, I was at a game featuring the Bucs and the DBacks. Curt Schilling is pitching for Arizona and some dirtbag two seats down starts heckling him about his wife’s cancer. The people in our section kept telling him to shut up but he wouldn’t. For the rest of the game, every time Mark Grace came up to bat, we had to duck because he kept shooting line drives right at our section. Moral of the story: these guys can and will put the ball exactly where they want to when they want to. I frankly had no problem with Grace doing it but I also knew enough to be ready to move as soon as he stepped in the box. Not cool to heckle someone about their ill spouse.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        I agree, but they’re professional ball players, expected to act on a very very high level. There are classless fans in every organization, as highlighted by the waste of life who made several despicable remarks about PK Subban during the Habs/Bruins series.

        I know players are well, well within their abilities to locate their hits wherever they see fit, and that case is a fair example…I just don’t see a player sinking so low as to target their Wives/GF’s w/ fouls.

  6. hittfamily - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Papi showboats every time he succeeds. He has the slowest trot I have ever seen, and that hand grab to Heaven standing on home plate gets old. What, God can hear you better when the cameras are on?

    In the playoffs, he took it a step further. In a blowout, he pimped a homer off a top 5 pitcher in baseball. Said pitcher has never shown up an opponent in his 6 year big league career, and took offense to it.

    I have no problem with a “look at how majestic I am” player getting a fastball to the ribs after trying to embarass his opponent. I guarantee Price will drill Papi everytime he takes 7 seconds to start running, 29 seconds to circle the bases, then stops at home, claps, and throws his hands up the way he did last October.

    Respect your opponent Papi. If you don’t, you won’t like the way your opponent treats you.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Like Ortiz, Boston fans are complete cry babies.

      • sabatimus - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Let’s see…I’m up to three downthumbs on your ignorant posts so far, let’s see if I can find more.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM


      • drewzducks - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Don’t be upset when someone rightfully, finally drills E.E. the chicken-wing master himself . For someone who has NEVER appeared in a single postseason game, he sure seems to think he!’s the $hit. Also, as far as some fans being cry babies in our city, you are correct, but that comes with the continuous expectations of championships. Toronto, however, is the capital of sports irrelevance. The only noteworthy celebrity in Toronto is it’s crack head drunk of a mayor.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:40 AM

        I see that you are advocating violence my friend. Not a very classy post by you. You are normally much better than that.

    • stabonerichard - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      My opinion is that if the antics aren’t putting an opponent’s health/safety at risk, then intentionally throwing at someone is an irrational & inexcuseable response.

      The showboating is part of the entertainment of the game. If you don’t like it, use it as motivation to beat the guy the next time. Or, give it right back… bring in a lefty specialist to strike him out, and then do a cartwheel off the mound.

      But by throwing at a guy, all you’re doing is letting him beat you again… admitting your feelings are hurt, giving away a free base, while simultaneously putting your own teammates in harm’s way. Obviously MLB isn’t doing anything in response to the Rays taking a free shot at Papi, so the Sox will be forced to protect their own… which will likely mean a fastball towards Longoria’s ribs somewhere down the line. It’s silly but it is what it is.

    • mjdkid100 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      You do realize the “pimped homer” was barely fair and that’s why he waited to run right?

      Why would anyone run if you know its somehow going to be out of play.

      • blacksables - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Ask Derek Jeter.

    • nolasoxfan2012 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Um, the score was 6-4 when he hit the homer, not a blowout. The final score was 7-4.
      Also, go watch the video here:
      Where is he trying “embarrass his opponent.” Is it during the 2 seconds where he watches to see if it’s fair or not, something neither the announcers or fans seemed to know? Or, is it when he points skyward on his way back to the dugout?
      It’s a good thing the Rays are so classy that they would never have somebody pointing at the sky after a win. I mean, that would never happen…

  7. anvil35 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    This stuff right here is why there should be no DH in the game. As much as I like Ortiz (I am a Sox fan) and VMart, the should need a glove to play MLB. Position players will be put in danger because there is no recourse against p$%#*%s like Price.

    • professor30 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Agreed, he’s not throwin’ at anybody if he has to come to the plate.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Sooooo NL pitchers never throw at hitters?

      • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Why do people believe this to be true?,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=20,d

        The four teams at the bottom of that list are all in the AL. The Pirates have hit the most batters, and they don’t have a DH.

        Fangraphs lets you do a lot of stuff easily. For example, I looked up pitchers’ hitting stats since 1974 for all teams. There have been 538 pitchers (as batters) hit by pitches in the last 40 years. That’s less than one per NL team per year. And you think that NL pitchers are worried about hitting batters because THEY might get hit? Please. Doug Drabek is the most-hit pitcher of the DH era: seven HBPs in his whole damn career. And that’s the leader.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        A pitcher beaning anybody is dumb. You don’t win by putting your opponent on base.

        It’s extra dumb for an NL pitcher to bean another pitcher. Pitchers are usually the worst hitter in the line up so why would you not make the easy out just to prove some juvenile point…and potentially lose the game because of it.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      National League: Most hit batsmen since 1974 in a season. It turns out, National League pitchers hit batters, too!,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=21,d

      This was so easy. Stop making stuff up.

  8. professor30 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    The MLB ass kissing of Joe Maddon continues, what a bunch of crap this is. They could’ve given Price a token 2 or 3 game suspension to make it look good.

  9. papajack1259 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Good posts here. But gentleman we are the media these days
    Bottom line you have to see the wrong in have too..

  10. stabonerichard - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    It’s sort of like the recent pine tar incidents… MLB will allow questionable stuff to slide, as part of the fabric of the game, so long as it’s not blatantly obvious.

    Yes Price intentionally drilled Papi, but he was just inconspicuous enough about it (and said the right things afterward – “pitch got away”) that MLB will avoid getting if it doesn’t have to. But once warnings have been issued, and a guy starts firing a pitch to the backstop, that’s when MLB’s hand is forced so they can act like they’re maintaining some sort of reasonable order.

    But when it comes to hit batsmen in particular, this is why it has to be handled between the white lines. The Rays intentionally threw at David Ortiz, and the MLB suits aren’t gonna do a damn thing about it, so it forces the Sox to take matters into their own hands at some point, in order to protect their own. Sorta like fighting in hockey.

  11. zackd2 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I hope the union doesn’t defend the appeal with the dues that TB players paid.

    That’s how it works, right Johnny Gomes?

    • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Your hopes are clearly in conflict with how Unions work, but keep the faith o.O

      • zackd2 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I was just going by Gomes’ comments about ARod’s appeal.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Gomes doesn’t understand how Union’s work then, either. I don’t think anyone ever accused your average athlete of an over-abundance of intelligence.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        For Mornelithe: Jonny Gomes doesn’t understand a lot of things.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        For 18thstreet – Right, and?

  12. cityofchampions27 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    No intent = no warning given. Seems pretty simple even if you are Canadian Eh?
    Glad your true colors finally came out with your Boston slight. Keep winning all those championships up in canada pal!! In any sport…..

  13. cityofchampions27 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Cry babies eh?? And which hockey team got a penalty for embellishment during the playoffs? Hope u know @proudly canadien. And we are cry babies. It’s
    almost too easy

  14. drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    This is, of course, a joke.

  15. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    The MLB system of issuing warnings to both benches but taking no action against the first pitcher to bean someone is one of the most senseless and indefensible rules in baseball. So let me get this straight- the first pitcher, from either team, that decides to hit, and potentially injure, a batter from the other team gets off with nothing, but anyone from the other team who tries to do anything about it, AND THEIR MANAGER, is automatically ejected. Makes sense. Isn’t it bad enough that cowardly AL pitchers can hit batters without having to worry about stepping in and getting hit themselves, now the umps are protecting them to?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      By the way, I hate the Red Sox, so don’t bother coming at me with that nonsense.

  16. cityofchampions27 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Very clever Scoochpooch. Glad you deduced my city from my user ID.

  17. Fr Joe R - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Joe Torres still doesn’t like the Red Sox

  18. edelmanfanclub - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    So the message is hit your target. I guess? There has to be some factual reason behind this. No? Ok never mind.

  19. gerryveteran2013 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    This just goes to show that MLB has some ulterior motives of their own. Just on its face this is unfair, and doesn’t pass the smell test. How can MLB make a ruling like this that it knows it is going to roil the fans when Price’s plunking two players is combined with his post-game comments? This is just terrible for baseball. Makes it seem as though MLB is biased when it comes to certain teams and players … an unwelcome stigma for any professional league if you ask me.

  20. 18thstreet - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM


    Look, Tampa is screwed anyway. They aren’t going to the playoffs. I could care less if David Price gets suspended. And Workman absolutely, positively had to be. Throwing behind a guy’s head is dangerous.

  21. tocabi - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Joe Torres still hates the Red Sox. There really couldn’t be any other reason for the stupidity of following up such for umpiring with such a dumb suspension and fine. Way to go Joe. You should be ashamed.

  22. tbutler704 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    David Ortiz oughta beat David Price ass.

  23. metitometin - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    It seems clear to me with this decision that MLB is out to get the Red Sox. Perhaps a Yankee fan is running MLB’s front office right now. Probably still sore after 2004.

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