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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: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:55 pm
 

He wasn't trying to hit Avila

If A Great Pitcher Like Weaver wants to Hit somebody in the head it is not difficult. He wasn't trying to Hit Avila. The first reaction to a pitch at your head is down and back. Thats where you throw it if you really want to bean someone.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Weaver is a stud. He ain't gonna let no scrubs taunt him~!



Hey "Stud"...eat 6 games.




Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Verlander




Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Scrubs??? your a clown



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Weaver is a punk and a "1" game suspension is a joke, thankfully he didnt hit Avila and injure him maybe putting him out for the season., he should be suspended for 30 game (6 starts not 6 games)




Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Weaver is a stud. He ain't gonna let no scrubs taunt him~!



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Verlander angered by the antics of the Angels with the bunt attempt(not bush league by the way)reared back and threw 101 mph to get even,Weaver angered by Ordonez going yard,completley collapses mentally over the next five innings,yelling at Ordonez,Cabrera and eventually Guillen.Who would you rather have on the mound in October?



Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

The kid needs a chill pill. A class act he is not. It is unfortunate for his stuff is nasty but I think the incident was in part festering from a throwdown in mowtown involving brother Jeff and Mags back in the day.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Too bad this incident didn't happen in an NL game. All of this could've taken care of itself when Weaver came up to bat.  And, since he would have been coming to the dish at some point, I seriously doubt he would've acted in the same manner.



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Jered Weaver suspended for six games

Six games for a starting pitcher is not a big deal since it is games they are active and not starts. He will miss one start, which is appropriate for the offense. I don't think that any of what happened was a big deal in the ways of baseball. The umpire warned Weaver. Weaver knew the consequences. There was presidence for the suspension via Carrasco's incident with Butler. 

Although I do like players policing there own sports, I never got how in baseball it is aceptable for the pitcher to throw at a teamate of the player that offended them instead of just throwing at the player the next time they faced them... guess that is why it is a team sport.


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