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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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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:43 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

A true pro would have stayed in the game and tried to win the game.  Weaver lost the game, and cost his team another win with this suspension.  The Angels are trying to keep up with the Rangers and Weaver just cost them 2 wins.  When the Rangers win the Division by 2 games or less, it was your fault Weaver.  AND, you just killed your Cy Young chances Jered.  Was it all worth it, sucker?  (by the way Magglio or Carlos would both kick your little 155 lb. butt tough guy)

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:06 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

How does a pitcher "miss" a start with a 6 game suspension? Won't he simply appeal, pitch his next start, drop the appeal, sit out 6 games 9or get it reduced by a game) and then pitch 1 game after his normal rotation?

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:37 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Weaver should never have said a word when the HR was hit.  You can see on the tape he wasn't sure if it was fair or not.  And even if he was looking at the ball, it was no where near some of the time these jerks watch a HR now a days.  That is nothing though, the main thing here is him throwing intensionally at a batter, and not just throwing at him, but HEADHUNTING.  How would he be feeling right now if the batter didn't get out of the way and it hit him square in the face?  You want to send a message you throw at his legs or the arms, somewhere BELOW the shoulder because no matter how good a pitcher is he CAN NOT spot the ball on every pitch.  I think Joe should expand the penalty to at least 10 games and he should shut up and sit the bench for a while.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:25 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Have fun slipping well into the rear view mirror of the Rangers.  The Tigers might play in a bad division but they have one of the best lineups in the AL.  I would take them over the Angles punch and judy bunt hit hacks any day.

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:02 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Ricky Vaughn would have been proud.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:59 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Your right.  We need to get more players to throw at each others heads.

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:29 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

LOL It's funny how ever1 is saying what Guillen did was wrong....Hmmmm And Weaver talking smack after he struck out Guillen for the second time was ok?????....I would of done the same thing....Let's call it the way it really is, Weaver got mad when he gave up that home run and put his team down even more......

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:58 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Try using English next time L.B. 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.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:13 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

Best game I seen all year. Too Angels won't be going to the playoffs then we come spank 'em so more. Dance some more flip more bats. LOL. Big papi does the same thing. After Weaver wouldn't throw @ him. Weaver you punk. You shoulda got 10 games. Not the Cy Young just lost it.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:32 am

Jered Weaver to appeal 6-game suspension

What Guillen did was a punk move ! BAseball does not need that garbage .

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