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Dickerson OK; Gonzalez would fight suspension

Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:56 pm
Chris Dickerson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike GonzalezGood news from Baltimore, where Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson said he suffered a concussion and a headache after being hit in the head by a Mike Gonzalez fastball Thursday night.

Dickerson was taken to a Baltimore-area hospital and a CT scan showed a concussion, but Dickerson told the Associated Press it was "nothing serious." Although he isn't in the lineup tonight, Dickerson said he wants to play Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Mets.

Gonzalez, who was ejected, apologized to Dickerson and gave him a hug before Thursday's game.

"I just wanted to make sure that he was OK," Gonzalez told the Baltimore Sun. "Obviously, it wasn't my intention. I wasn't trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better piece of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn't trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it."

Gonzalez was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after his pitch hit Dickerson in the helmet. Gonzalez said he didn't know if he'd face further disciplinary action, but he would appeal a suspension.

"I'm definitely going to fight it," Gonzalez said. "That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:23 am

Dickerson OK; Gonzalez would fight suspension

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Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:20 am

Dickerson OK; Gonzalez would fight suspension

piece of mind? Perhaps only when world piece breaks out.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 7:56 pm

Dickerson OK; Gonzalez would fight suspension

I watched most of last night's game, and home plate umpire Dan Bellino looked like he was in over his head most of the game as far as his strike zone was concerned.  When players from both teams turn to the home plate umpire and question called strikes, the problem lies with the umpire.  Perhaps Bellino over-reacted when Gonzalez hit Dickerson.  If last night's effort was an example of Bellino's typical work, then he needs to be sent back to the minors to sharpen his skills.

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