Rays regain Winning Ways in Texas
The press release of the fines and suspensions levied in the Rays Red Sox scuffle are surprising. I see the expected names on that list, but one is absent and unaccounted for.
DeMarco Hale, the third base coach of the Red Sox tackled James Shields to the ground from behind in that game. He did more in 3 seconds of the fiasco then Edwin Jackson and Akinora Iwamura.
The action is, and should not be tolerated by a memeber of a MLB staff. He should be suspended also, or at least publicly reprimanded for his physical actions. Jonny Gomes get what he deserves, he got a few good licks in on Coco Crisp. Carl Crawford slid into the pile and was also going at Crisp. So his suspension is for just cause.
Aki, I think took a few side swipes, but I did not see any real bad actions, but it might be association with running in and maybe kicking or punching out of view.
Edwin Jackson lost his shoe out to the mound and was putting it on in the scene I saw in the video. 3 games for improper footwear? Seriously, if you can give Jackson 3, Hale needs 6 games for himself. A MLB staff coach should pull players, act as a buffer to the action, but not be a major player in that fiasco.
Bud Selig and his decipline deputies got it wrong in this incident. I will tell you they got it right by suspending Jon Lester for his multiple brushbacks and for hitting a few Rays players after getting the warning. But the Homeplate umpire should have tossed him after the first incident, not let him pitch until he was replaced by Red Sox manger Terry Francona.
Trivia Fact of the Night:
In 1881, if a spectator “hissed, or booed” he could be ejected from the grounds
The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly
Scott Kazmir presented his Dad with a great Father’s day present. Un fortunately, his mother and brother were the only family members in the ballpark that night. His Dad was at the hotel with the family dog staying cool and watching hot baseball action on the tv.
Kazmir won his 6th straight decision to improve to 6-1 for the Rays. He was facing a team tonight that he has dominated this season. In 15 innings against the Rangers, Kazmir has gotten 16 strikeouts.
Kazmir did have a few rough spots, he gave up his first homer of the year to Ian Kinsler in the 8th inning. He last gave up a home run to Baltimore on Sept 4, 2007. Kazmir also got a picture perfect pickj-off of David Murphy trying to steal second base in the 2nd inning.
Honorable Mention “Good Guys”:
*** B J Upton stole 2 bases last night to up his total to 20 for the season. He is currently ranked 3rd in the AL. But BJ was not done there. BJ also scored 3 runs tonight for the Rays.
Upton also hit his 4th homer of the year in the 6th innig, and is now sitting with 35 RBI’s, tied with Carlos Pena for tops on the Rays. Upton did have one error on gathering in a hit off the wall and bobbled the throw.
** Eric Hinske hit his 11th homer of the season. The shot hit 3/4th of the way up the rightfield foul pole and bounced into rightfield. Hinske’s homer brought home BJ Upton and Evan Longoria.
Hinske earlier hit a scacrifice fly to score Upton in the 8th inning. Eric went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s for the night.
* The Homer of the night belonged to Evan Longoria. His 8th shot of the night traveled over 442 feet into the Club Level section of the stadium in leftfield.
Only 1 other player has ever hit a ball into that section in this ballpark. Mark McGwire also hit a shot there several years ago. Longoria went 2-4 tonight with 2 runs scored.
Rays reliever Al Reyes came in to pitch in the 9th inning. Al had a bit of a problem when he gave up a walk, single and double before getting the outys to close the victory for the Rays. Al’s highest pitch speed was in the low 80′s, and compared to Kazmir’s mid 90′s might have caught the Ranger off balance.
Reyes has had a few bumps this season, but is still a very effective pitcher for the Rays.
The Ugly, Revisited
The following is a copy of the Press release from MLB concerning the fiasco in Boston Thursday night:
A total of eight members of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox have been suspended for their roles in the incidents that occurred on Wednesday and Thursday at Fenway Park in Boston. The eight suspensions total 38 games. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
•Coco Crisp of the Red Sox has been suspended for seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions on Wednesday and for charging the mound, fighting and inciting the bench-clearing incident last night. (Justified Actions)
•Pitcher James Shields of the Rays has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting and for actions that escalated the bench-clearing incident. (Justified Actions).
•Jonny Gomes of the Rays has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting and for actions that escalated the bench-clearing incident. (He got in a few really good licks on Crisp, Justified).
•Edwin Jackson of the Rays has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting. ( He lost his shoe on the way to the mound. Might be guilty of footwear infraction. A total joke suspension).
•Carl Crawford of the Rays has been suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting. ( He was accused by Coco Crisp of pulling his dreadlocks, Justified).
•Sean Casey of the Red Sox has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting. ( he threw a few haymakers of his own, Justified).
•Akinori Iwamura of the Rays has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting. ( He is acused of kicking and a few punches to the head of Crisp, Justified, but he is the one gut who derserve to pop Coco because of the ugly slide on Weds. night).
•Jon Lester of the Red Sox has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at a Tampa Bay batter after a warning had been issued following the bench-clearing incident. ( He should have been sent to the showers after the warning, and the third close pitch on Cliff Floyd, totally justified).
Hopefully this incident is the last of the Red Sox/Rays brawling for the year, but I kinda doubt that. It is the dawning of a new rivalry that will blossom into a huge date on the calendars of both teams in the near future. Hopefully next time, all the players will remember that the MLB has multiple cameras fiming the game, and will conduct themselves accordingly during any future scuffles.