Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Josh Beckett Suspended

posted by Jon Williams
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this suspension will be appealed. Josh Beckett did absolutely nothing to warrant a suspension.
Boston pitcher Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games and fined by Major League Baseball, which determined he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of the Los Angeles Angels' Bobby Abreu last week. Beckett also was cited for "aggressive actions" after the pitch that led to the benches clearing Sunday, according to Bob Watson, vice president for discipline in the commissioner's office.



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Anonymous Drew said...

Moving aggressively towards Abreu, and inciting both benches to empty doesn't warrant a suspension in your mind? Had Abreu gone towards the mound, he certainly would have been suspended. I think you're viewing the incident through RedSox colored glasses.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 10:53:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

I'm a Yankees fan! He didn't move aggressively towards Abreu until he moved aggressively towards him. Certainly there are several examples of more aggressive behavior from the Angels. Perhaps you're looking through LA-LA colored glasses.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 10:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger zengarf said...

sorry jon, i'm a big fan of yours but imo nothing abreu did was incendiary - it was a completely normal and acceptable reaction...beckett could have diffused the entire situation by motioning "my bad" with his body language - instead his true punk colors emerged. if i were on that team after what they've been through i would have snapped - credit to them for the situation not escalating far further than it did.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 8:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Thanks Zengarf, you bring up an interesting point that I hadn't considered. The Angels were probably more (for lack of a better term) "highly strung" coming into the game. I'll concede that Beckett did not make it any easier. I still don't believe his actions warranted a suspension. For the record, I didn't think Torri Hunter or any of the others should have been ejected for basically yelling and screaming. But I guess I've always been a bit more tolerant of confrontations that don't result in any punches thrown. Growing up in the projects and with five brothers and sisters with attitude will do that.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 8:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Drew said...

Jon - Abreu didn't move from the box. Watch the replay again. Beckett jaws and moves towards Abreu and both benches empty. Watson agreed.

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 8:25:00 AM EDT  
Blogger zengarf said...

i hear you, jon - there's now some talk that figgins was signaling abreu making the chin music more justified in my mind - the plot thickens :)

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

http://www.strimoo.com/video/16054044/HD-QUALITY-Josh-Beckett-Throws-High-And-Inside-Dailymotion.html

Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 4:58:00 PM EDT  

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