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Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 6:06 am
 
By Evan Brunell

WeaverThe Angels' Jered Weaver has been suspended six games for intentionally throwing at Alex Avila during Sunday's game. Manager Mike Scioscia was also suspended a game, which he will serve on Tuesday night.

Weaver, meanwhile, will appeal his suspension. He is expected to have a hearing in New York next week when the Angels are in town for a series against the Yankees.

"I obviously knew that something was going to happen," Weaver told the Associated Press. "It's six games, and it is what it is, but I've decided to appeal it. I wanted my voice heard a little bit on the situation and how it went down, see what they feel about it and go from there. So we'll see what happens."

If MLB is looking for contrition, Weaver doesn't sound like he's too interested in that. When asked by a reporter if he'd have handled anything differently, Weaver didn't give an answer that will please Joe Torre.

"I wouldn't have done anything different," he said, according to the Orange County Register.

On Sunday, Magglio Ordonez hit a home run off of Weaver in the third inning of a tight battle against the Tigers' Justin Verlander, and Ordonez paused to watch the home run, perhaps trying to determine if it would be fair or foul. Weaver shouted at Ordonez to run, which Detroit did not take too kindly. When Carlos Guillen blasted a home run in the seventh, he did everything but dance on Weaver's mound in milking the home run, which made the right-hander hot. Despite being immediately warned by the umpire, his next pitch went over Avila's head, earning an ejection.

Weaver said he wasn't trying to hit Avila, just send a message.

"[Avila] caught me in the All-Star game, and we gained a little respect for each other there. So I'm not here to hurt nobody. I just felt like I needed to prove a point," Weaver said. "I think if I wanted to hit him, I could have hit him. I just threw a fastball up and in and it got up and away. It probably looked a little worse than it was, but it was clearly about a foot or two over his head."

Avila had little to say on the matter.

"Part of the game. Suspend him? OK," Avila told the AP. "I've still got to play today."

Weaver's suspension is the same length as Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, who was dinged for six games on Monday for throwing at the Royals' Billy Butler. A six game suspension guarantees a starter will miss a start.

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Comments

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Weaver shouldn't have barked at Ordonez in the 3rd, but Guillen's antics were unbelievable.  Weaver should have tackled him before he got to first base, knocked him out, and really earned a suspension.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Really big talk on the net u P**y!!!  You must be one of those fools that feels taunting is OK!!!  Weaver should get a bonus for trying to enforce no taunting.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Poor Weaver got his little feelings hurt. Next time put one in Guillens ear hole if that makes you feel better, but please stop the crying.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

This has become too commonplace in baseball today. It's the egos screaming "look at me, I am the greatest." It's the same kind of attitude that too many players have. If you hit the ball - run to first!
I got an idea ... how bout the fool just throws the ball and keeps his big dumb mouth shut? FYI - the rest of the American League can thank the Detroit Tigers for showing them how easy it is to get young mr boney butz off his game. My prediction? He will at best go 50/50 the rest of the year.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

This has become too commonplace in baseball today. It's the egos screaming "look at me, I am the greatest." It's the same kind of attitude that too many players have. If you hit the ball - run to first! By the time you get there, you will know if it's a homer. Stop trying to look "cool" - your opponents deserve some respect, not someone forcing them to WATCH ME! I'M SO COOL!

This happens on all teams unfortunately. Ortiz does the same thing - he learned from Manny who was the WORST offender. I guess it has become the norm, and not the exception. Have a little class, and stop being a bunch of punks!



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

The Detroit player deserved to be thrown at. They showed him up more than just hitting the homer
Stick to hockey lame brain ... the whole Weaver family is a bunch of whack jobs. And Weaver's lucky it wasn't me he was jacking his jaws at or he would have to have my big size 12 surgically removed from his boney arse.
Throw the ball and shut the frick up loser ...



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

AND...Detroit's #5 starters have a combined record of 4-16.  You take that away and their record is pretty solid.  #5 starters don't start games in the playoffs as teams turn to a 4 man rotation.




Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

The Detroit player deserved to be thrown at. They showed him up more than just hitting the homer that is not basball- and he did the right thing. 6 games come on!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:58 am
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

 The flaw in your little plan is that, as a mediocre team with the worst record of the 4 playoff eligible teams, the Tigers would have to play the Red Sox as it stands now. Good luck getting out of the first round since Verlander can't pitch 27 innings in a 5 game series. So, even if the Angels make the playoffs and get past the Yankees, the Tigers will not be the team waiting to play them. Dance some more, flip some more bats, underachieve, struggle to win a terrible AL Central.

You're right, Verlander can't pich 27 innings in a 5 game series.  But don't they play a 7 game series now?  And by the way, you're going to have to face Verlander twice and Scherzer twice as well.  Good luck with that.  The Tigers have a nice starting rotation and an excellent hitting lineup.  The division they play in means nothing come playoff time.  



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:24 am
 

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

History clearly indicates that the strength of the division you are in is not a precursor to playoff success, or lack thereof. It truly doesn't matter that the Tigers are in the Central, and being in the East or West, certainly does not guarantee that the Angels and the Tigers will not square off in the playoffs. While it is true that Verlander can't pitch every game in an opening AL series, one could certainly argue that Max Scherzer is a solid number two, and Porcello may be as good a number three as there is in the AL. Past playoff successes WOULD indicate that a team is usually more successful when they have a stud number one pitcher, and I think you could make a very strong case that Verlander is, at the very least, one of the best number one's in the game, if not the pre-eminent pitcher in all of major league baseball. For Weaver to act like he did nothing is ridiculous. If your going to trade comments and barbs back and forth in that type of a competetive situation, then you must be prepared for what you get when something like Guillen's home run happens and emotion takes over. Apparently he can dish it out but can't take it.



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