Suspended in their masquerade
Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president of on-field operations, came down hard on the Tribe in his rulings on Friday night's fracas between the Indians and Tigers. While Tigers designated hitter Gary Sheffield, the instigator of the brawl, received a four-game suspension, Fausto Carmona received a six-game suspension. Victor Martinez and Asdrubal Cabrera were suspended three games each and received an undisclosed fine.
Carmona and Martinez have opted to appeal their suspensions, which would have begun Monday night if unchallenged. Cabrera, who is in tonight’s lineup, was undecided as to whether or not he’d appeal, as his suspension isn’t slated to begin until Thursday.
More on the Indians.com site in a bit.
UPDATE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Carmona makes his final start of the season here in Boston on Wednesday, then drops his appeal and serves the first four games of his suspension in ’08 and pitches the third game of ’09.
Of course, that’s dependent on MLB not hearing Carmona’s appeal before Wednesday.
UPDATE No. 2: Figured you’d enjoy more of Sheffield’s words of wisdom. Sheffield is still vowing retribution on the Indians. Not sure what he’s planning, but perhaps Asdrubal Cabrera will wake up in the middle of night at some point this offseason and find a dead horse’s head laying beside him.
Anyway, here are the latest quotes from Sheffield, courtest of one of MLB.com’s finest, Jason Beck:
“Yeah, but they’re going to be penalized by me, too. That’s just the way it goes.”
When asked how he might do that:
“Don’t worry about how. You’ll see. I’m not going to sit here and talk about it.”
Asked why he has been so public about retribution, Sheffield said, “When I challenge a man, I challenge him to his face. I’m not going to surprise you with anything. You’re going to know I’m coming. That way, you’re ready. I want you ready, just like I’m going to be ready. That’s what kind of man I am.”
Any reaction from MLB on that matter will not concern him.
“I don’t care about any league thing, what they do,” he said. “I’ve got enough money to cover any fine they’ve got. Trust me.”