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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: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:59 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

@ARK...So Weaver could of hit the batter in the hip or back because he is so accurate? Also, even good pithers have pitches get away. Tigers antics are well chronicled? Really? Thats absurd my friend. Magglio is known for being a class act. Weaver on the other is not. Again, the punk should keep his mouth shut and the ball in the yard!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:57 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

 We agree to disagree. First of all, Weaver was not at fault for the whole thing, the antics of Tigers hitters are well chronicled through the AL. 

Sorry man but you're way off. The ENTIRE INCIDENT was Weaver's fault.  Why? Because if he doesn't say a word to Ordonez none of this happens.  Ordonez did NOTHING wrong at all.  The damn ball hit the fuc*** foul pole.  Ordonez has been playing baseball a long time and deserves more respect.  He knew it was either foul or a hr, why should Maggs run?  That started the whole thing or nothing else happens...

But let's be honest, is that REALLY the reason suckass Weaver acted like that? I'm thinking it had more to do with the fact he knew a 2-0 deficit against Verlander meant he was probably going to lose the game.  And he loses head to head against his cy young candidate, that hurts.  And of course with Verlander's no hitter this year along with some other stats Weaver knew if he loses his chances of winning the cy young diminish as well. 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:49 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

No doubt Weaver overreacted to the first home run and I'm no advocate of violence.  But I've been a pitcher for 30 years and if I were Weaver after Guillen started to trot and spin down the first base line, there would have been no next pitch.  I would have tackled and beat him before he got to first.  While Weaver proved that he is thin skinned, the antics on behalf of Guillen were beyond taunting.  Wish Weaver could have kept it in and served up some chin music to him next time through the order instead of going after the innocent hitter on deck.  But that sounded like one hell of a highly charged game...

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:46 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games


Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:44 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

A six game suspension for a pitcher essentially costs him one start.  Weaver probably would've been alright if he hadn't said something to the umpire right after the second home run.  While the umpire was justified for warning him and throwing him out, the warning should've come much sooner as both batters that hit home runs stared and showed up the pitcher.  Umpires in Major League baseball need to get their act together or need to be replaced with guys that want to do the job correctly.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:40 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

@Crusher: We agree to disagree. First of all, Weaver was not at fault for the whole thing, the antics of Tigers hitters are well chronicled through the AL. Second, if Weaver wanted to hit the guy in the head, he could have. That was such a bad pitch it was laughable. Third, you're right Koufax wouldn't have acted like Weaver, he would thrown hard chin music or behind the batter's head at about neck level. I saw Koufax pitch in the flesh. Gibson and Drysdale who I also saw in the flesh were much more frequent and direct about this stuff. Fourth, for the record, I don't like the DH simply b/c Weaver doesn't need to face the music. If these pitchers are going to go head-hunting then they themselves should have to face the music. Fifth, there is no taunting rule in BB for hitters. That should be part of what is going on also. Not so much Ordonez but Guillen's behavior was a joke. He's the one that should've been targeted with the chin music.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:39 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

probably a FELNOY

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:01 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Weaver should be make an example, and they should suspend him 20 games.  This is uncalled for, and in ANY place but a MLB park, this would be considered a FELNOY.  Try throwing a rock at someone's head in section 102, right behind home plate....what's the repurcussion?

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:56 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Throwing at a guys head is not old school, its dangerous and life threatening Mr ark razor. Especially when you consider Weaver was at fault for the whole thing. Brush back pitches are not aimed at the guys head. Thats a part of baseball, but being a little baby with hurt feelings does not give you the OK to throw at a guys head. Sandy Koufax would of never acted like Weaver. If knew anything about baseball you would know that. The little infant should of received a longer suspension for being so irate. Next time he wants to suggest that Magglio runs faster around the bases , he might just keep his mouth shut!

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:56 pm

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Maybe Weaver should start yelling in the mirror. He's the one who game up the HR's, no matter how the batter's reacted. Nobody gets mad when a pitcher strikes someone out and yells or gets pumped. What a crybaby. Take some responsibility for your bad pitches.

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