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Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 5:04 pm
By Evan Brunell

Jonathan Papelbon's suspension has been reduced from three games to two and he will immediately serve it, knocking him out for the first two games of interleague play as the Milwaukee Brewers come to town, the Boston Herald reports.

Daniel Bard will serve as closer in the interim. Papelbon was suspended for his actions against the Oakland Athletics almost two weeks ago. Papelbon and catcher Jason Varitek were increasingly frustrated with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo's strike zone, and 'Tek received an ejection from the game in the ninth inning to show for it.

Papelbon followed two batters later, when he was seen yelling from the mound after throwing a first-pitch strike in a location that had been called a ball previously. He claims he was trying to get new catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia coming to the mound, but Randazzo felt Papelbon was yelling at him, so he stepped out from behind the plate and took steps toward the closer, yelling right back. Papelbon was admittedly antagonistic, but blew up when Randazzo ran him from the game. He ran furiously at the umpire, possibly bumping him in the process, then let Randazzo know exactly what was on Papelbon's mind.

Also on Friday, the BoSox placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list and called up Drew Sutton. Lowrie has struggled with a shoulder injury for some time, with the injury worsening during Thursday's game. Marco Scutaro is expected to take over full-time duties at short.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:27 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:50 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:13 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

Redbaron.  You make a lot of assumptions about people you've never met in your life.  I've played the game and I understand the game of baseball as well as you'll ever understand it.... but what you're missing is something called SPORTSMANSHIP ... obviously you don't know a thing about that.  Baseball is one of the only sports in the world where a manager and/or player can go nuts and where both manager and player can get in a refs or in this case umps face and throw a fit without any real punishment to their team.   In basketball they have technical fouls.. in hockey they call unsportsmanlike penalties.... in football it can be a 15 yard penalty and a game changer.... in soccer you touch a ref and see ya later.... like way later.... more like a year or life in some cases....  but for some reason in baseball it's accceptable to abuse the umps.... every sport involves some or even a lot of emotion.... but  there is no need for the crap that umps put up with.  Are they always right? No... but they are the boss... they are in control of the game and you can't have umps hesitating or being afraid they'll suffer consequences from players and coaches if they make a mistake...

Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:11 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

Unless the play calls for it the home plate ump should be behind home plate. There was no reason for any ump to walk toward, follow, are talk with a player in any way during those situations.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 9:55 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

Both Papelbon AND the umpire were WRONG!!!!!!!!!

Umpire overreacted when Papelbon was muttering to himself and stepped towards Paps and put up his hands as to say "what...let's go"  Paps reacted and did bump the umpire but barely.  2 games suspension end of story.   

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:35 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

boston hothead?  How about the vancouver buttheads?

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:32 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

The umpires need glasses

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:15 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

Comments soumd like someone who has never played the game. Baseball is an extremely emotional sport and a game of inches. When an umpie is so inconsistent, that you cant perform properly, it becomes emotionally frustrating. Papelbon has the right to express his frustrations. He was rightfully suspended for his outburst and accepts the outcome. The problem is the umpire left his area and provoked Papelbon after the initial complaint was uttered. If an umpire gets intimidated by having his mistakes questioned then he is in the wrong business. Are we expected to keep quiet in life when you see something wrong? Of course not! To ask an athlete to not question decisions is not realistic. Lets not try to computerize sports, Human emotion is what makes sport, and for that matter, life itself, exciting. If you want to be an emotionless robot go ahead, Some of us excel with the smell of the infield grass, a fresh sheet of ice, or the birth of a child. Take emotion out of baeball and Papelbon might as well be an accountant.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 7:26 pm

Papelbon suspension reduced to two games

The problem is that the umps play.  For some reason they seem to think that getting right back in the face of players and coaches asserts their authority.  This is just wrong.  You never see an NFL ref arguing with a player or coach.  MLB doesn't actually want to bring the situation under control and neither do the umps; they would probably miss the face time.  Even the NBA refs give out Ts for showing up refs.  Soccer refs take a lot of complaints, but they never argue with the players.  MLB should make this real simple.  If anyone leaves the dugout or yells at the umpire they get tossed.  If the manager has something to discuss he can do calmly it between innings.  Similarly, the umps should not engage in this behavior.  Simply make your calls and if someone crosses the line toss him.  The problem is that MLB thinks fans enjoy these tirades.  Maybe they are right, but I do not.

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