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Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:18 pm
By Evan Brunell

OrtizSuspensions and fines were handed down on Thursday for the Red Sox-Orioles brawl just before the All-Star break, with aggressors Kevin Gregg of Baltimore and David Ortiz of Boston receiving four games apiece. Gregg's suspension is set to begin Thursday and Ortiz's on Friday unless they appeal, which is expected.

Gregg, the closer, threw three inside pitches to Big Papi in a telegraphed attempt to hit him. Ortiz vented his displeasure after the third high pitch, then flew out. Gregg informed Ortiz not so nicely to run the ball out and then head back to the dugout, at which point Ortiz charged the mound and sparked a bench-clearing incident.

 "I'll let the process go out," Gregg, told the Associated Press, adding that the fine was a significant number. "The four-game is a pretty hefty suspension. I get the right to meet in New York with some people, tell them how it went down, what happened, get to say my side of the story."

Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez was also suspended three games for intentionally throwing at Ortiz two games later, while the Red Sox's John Lackey was fined for intentionally throwing at Derrek Lee Saturday. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the BoSox and reliever Jim Johnson of Baltimore were also fined for their actions.

 "I definitely think they need to go back and do their homework," Gonzalez said, displeased with the league officials' decisions. "I think they need to go back and go through the whole series as opposed to just going through one game and seeing how everything fell into place."

Skipper Buck Showalter will sit out Thursday's game as he was suspended one game for Gonzalez's actions. He is unable to appeal.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:58 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:30 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

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Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:15 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

You should know how to spell 'genious' if you're going to use the word.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:18 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

Lots of people on here, commenting on something they obviously didn't see.  "Gregg got suspended for NOT hitting someone"  Bright idea bud, go back and watch it again.  Ortiz doesn't flip out for no reason.  The Orioles are a very bad team and Gregg's actions were not welcome at Fenway.  What i don't understand is how they will appeal this.  They minus well do the time now rather than later. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:57 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

Genious ..... Kevin Gregg is a closer.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:50 am

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

Maworm, you're an oriols fan, of course that's how you feel. Next...

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:30 pm

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

The O's basically got hosed on this deal. The comish needs to really do his homework before he give out fines. No way Gregg should have the same suspensions as Ortiz. I see Gregg pitching a guy off the plate and that batter going after the pitcher twice. Ortiz should have been fined suspended and taken out of the All Star game for his actions.

I however do not agree with Gregg yelling at Ortiz after he flied out and should "only" be suspended for one game with fine.

John Lackey should have also been suspended for throwing at two Orioles and knocking them out of the game. What kind of crap is that. Real class Lackey.

Mike Gonzo should be suspended for one game after his behind the back pitch to Ortiz. However I do feel that he was just sticking up for his player  being hit the day before. Kind of wish it did hit Ortiz just for the taking up for your players factor.

Jim Johnson, not sure what he really done.

Terry, should also be fined and suspended for the same reasons that Buck is. No difference other than this is the "Red Sox" manager. Talk about double standards.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:15 pm

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

Ortiz didn't get offended for getting pitched inside.  All three pitches got closer and closer, with the 3rd almost hitting him.
I beg to differ. Ortiz did get offended for getting pitched inside. He is used to crowding the plate and didn't feel the need to back off therefore Gregg continued to pitch in until he got the desired results.

If doesn't like the Sox players hitting HR's, then get them out, don't throw at them.

Exactly, and the way you get them out is you make them uncomfortable in the batters box and you dictate where to make the most effective pitch. You don't let the batter dictate which area you are able to pitch. Hence the brushback pitch that has been used since baseball originated. It's all part of the strategy of the game within the game.

If you want to accuse a team of throwing at batters you might want to look at the Red Sox. To date they have hit 50 batters this season compared to the orioles 19.

The red sox have been very successful recently and much of that can probably be attributed to their pitchers being more effective BECAUSE OF THEIR ABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO PITCH INSIDE. (Which could explain why they have hit the most batters in the league, unless of course you would like to admit that they are trying to hit batters.)

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:04 pm

Ortiz, Gregg receive four-game suspensions

The real BS is that they arent equal.  Ortiz is out for 4 games and Gregg will miss one start.  They suspend a pitcher for four  or five games but they would only start once in that period anyways.   When a pitcher is suspended it should be for a number of starts in the rotation.

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