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Baseball’s Nonsensical Suspension Policy

By Tanner Brogali

After Tuesday night’s bench clearing melee between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, the league handed down suspensions to the two central figures – Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson. For their role in Tuesday night’s fracas, Posada and Carlson each got 4-game suspensions. Their suspensions happened to be scaled back to 3 games because neither Posada nor Carlson appealed the penalty.

If someone can explain to me how the league came up with 4 games for both of them, I’d really appreciate it.

When it comes to the number of games a player is hit with for his misdealings, it is any person’s guess. It appears to me there are no set rules for suspensions. That is a huge dilemma in my eyes.

Let’s have a gander at two non-drug related suspensions that have been handed out so far in ’09:

Does anyone else see what is wrong here? There is no rhyme or explanation for any of the suspensions.

How did Youkilis and Porcello get five games for starting a bench-clearing mle, but Posada and Carlson only received 3 games? What did Youkilis and Porcello do differently that their brawl led to 2 more games?

In my opinion, a dugout-clearing scuffle is a dugout-clearing fight. They are similar to coincidences; there are no levels.

How does Beckett get a 6-game suspension for aiming at someone’s head, although Zambrano becomes the same game penalty for beating up a water cooler? I didn’t know possibly ending someone’s career may be just as damaging as beating up an inert object.

This is not a Red Sox-Yankee issue – this is a reasonable dilemma. I feel like I’m off the rocker even writing something such as this. If you do A, you receive B. It’s as simple as that.

Major League Baseball – and I am talking about you Bob Watson – needs to draw up a benchmark penalty for each infringement.

At present, it just doesn’t make a single bit of sense.

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