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Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:52 am
 
Kevin GreggBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg will have their suspensions reduced to three games and start serving them Monday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli writes.

Ghiroli writes the move isn't official, "but likely." It would mean the two wouldn't play in the three-game series starting Monday night in Baltimore.

The two were each suspended four games and have appealed and continued to play.

The Red Sox, though, are expected to have Carl Crawford in the lineup after he played two rehab games on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtuckett.

Boston will also get left-hander Jon Lester back from the disabled list on July 26 against Kansas City. Lester has been on the DL since July 6 with a left latissimus strain.


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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:25 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:26 am
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

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Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

 These are the posts I think are hilarious.  Its as if NESN wrote this explanation...

"1st pitch was inside, Ortiz acknowledged" - If you mean he gave the pitcher a dirty look for doing his job, then yes I agree with you.

"2nd pitch  was more inside, Ortiz stares, but not say anything. - No he just pouted more and gave more tough guy looks which are typical. 

"Third pitch inside and nearly hits him.  3 time is enough, the intention is known at this pont - Ortiz walks to the mound" -  At this point, most players are ejected.  Walking out of the batters box and yelling at the pitcher on the mound is typically grounds for an ejection with most teams in the past.  Also, Ortiz is not a small target and this is pro ball.  At the ML level, pitchers with intent to bean a guy do not "miss".  Had Gregg WANTED to hit him, he would have done so by throwing right into his back with less velocity.  You sound ridiculous with this arguement and I am actually trying to help you.  If you watched baseball or had watched the Red Sox prior to 2003, you would know this.  

"Gregg shows up Ortiz by waving him the finger as if he was trying to eject ortiz from the game himself." - Shows him up?  Really?  This is the same guy who has a song and dance for the umpire whether he is in a "slump" and strikes out or doesn't like calls.  Its the same turd that does not have a job during inter-league play.  Its the clown that decided to rush the mound right before ESPN and NESN could showcase him during the All Star Break (great job there by the way) and made the league look bad because they had to delay his punishment as a result.  Its the same platoon outfielder that played six years in Minnesota and was cut for poor work ethic and attitude problems and most importantly its the same guy that stated, "people who use steroids should be banned from baseball" and then months later it came out that he was caught in 2003 (at a minimum).  There is no "showing a player up".  Trash talk is common at every level of sport...period.  I don't even know why Gregg was suspended.  He did not hit Ortiz.  He did not run at the batter's box and kick the twinkie out of him...maybe it was because he did not "cowboy up" enough with Varitek in the shower.  The bottom line is going forward, whenever an event like this happens, the players union will cite this punishment for future altercations which = bad for baseball.  I know, David "made some mistakes in the past" and "took some over the counter supplements" and this "is not the player he is"...what a joke.



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Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 6:09 pm
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Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

What's the basis for reducing these sentences?  They were throwing haymakers with bad intent.
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It involved a Red Sox player.



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

Man, Ortiz gets away with everything. Fights, Steroids, yelling at media and still being their sweetheart.... His milkshake brings HRs to the yard.


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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

in Baseball it is not a 'fair fight' when it is 9 on 1 - if the rule says cannot leave bench...

Which is why I said players can't leave their positions either. Then a fielder can make a choice: they can go defend their pitcher and sit for 20 games, or they can allow the umpires to break it up. On the flip side, a guy that charges the mound has to consider whether a position player might decide to defend the pitcher. The idea is to deter these sorts of things from happening. 

And don't say it can't work - they have the rule in College Baseball and it works fine. If the penelty is 20 games, then GMs tell managers who tell players that their is going they will not tolerate guys getting 20 game suspensions.  

 fights on the ice is 'fair' 5 on 5.

I'm looking for the NHL rule that says you can't fight when one team has a power play...it does not exist. It doesn't have to because when there is a fight in hockey, the players understnad that if they interject themselves once the gloves come off, there will be hell to pay.

The idea behind having a severe punishment is to deter these things from happening. With a 20 game suspension, the fine (in lost pay) for Papi would be $1,543,509.87. While I don't blame Papi for going after Gregg for showing him up, within the context of the current rule. Something tells me he wasn't mad enough to throw away 1.5 million and 90 plate appearences to prove a point.

 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

So: Is Gregg going to risk further pissing off a player who is already mad? Not if it means getting pummeled and sitting for 20 games.
Is Papi going to charge the mound? Not if it means 20 games
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You think Sloppy would pummel Gregg? I think you have that backwards. gregg is in much better shape and after Slops first 3 or 4 attempts at hitting Gregg he would be winded and Gregg would smack him around. Not like Gregg is a small guy and he is not a fat blob like Slop (I only DH because I am too fat the play the field) Ortiz,



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

1st pitch was inside, Ortiz acknowledged. 2nd pitch  was more inside, Ortiz stares, but not say anything.  Third pitch inside and nearly hits him.  3 time is enough, the intention is known at this pont - Ortiz walks to the mound- Umpire issue an warning to the pitcher and then to both clubs.  Fourth pitch inside but Oritz hits a flyball to Center field, Puts his head down dismayed and trotts to 1st base.  Gregg shows up Ortiz by waving him the finger as if he was trying to eject ortiz from the game himself.  The umpires sees this - tosses Gregg out of the game. Ortiz sees Gregg showing him up - charges the mound.   Gregg is the instigisator here and deserves a longer ands stifter penalty than Ortiz. Because Ortizcharged the mound he too is suspended.  Had he not charged and had he seen the ejection, hw ould had laughed Gregg all the way to his dugout. 


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