David Ortiz is appealing $5,000 fine for smashing Baltimore phones
For some reason, David Ortiz is appealing a fine that amounts to how much he makes in one half of one inning. That fine stemmed from his tirade that smashed two phones in a Baltimore dugout.
A few days later, word came down the pipeline that Major League Baseball was not going to suspend him, but hadn't settled on other discipline. So that meant a fine was coming. And he was fined $5,000.
But now there's this:
David Ortiz has appealed the $5,000 fine he received from MLB for his dugout tantrum in Baltimore.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 7, 2013
Seriously, Big Papi?
I've been an Ortiz supporter on several occasions -- such as his Fenway Park f-bomb, which I loved -- but that dugout tirade was childish and unnecessary. He avoided suspension and was fined an unbelievably small amount.
Maybe not for many of us, but for Ortiz, $5,000 most certainly is amazingly small.
He's making $14 million this season. Let's divide that down to see just how small it is to him.
Take the 14 mil and divide it by 162. That means Ortiz makes $86,419.75 per game. Divide that by nine and we see that he makes roughly $9,602.19 per inning -- give or take extra innings, rain-shortened games. Let's also consider he doesn't even play the field.
So his fine -- for destroying property of the Baltimore Orioles in a childish tirade -- is almost half of one inning of one game. And he's appealing the decision?
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