Major League Baseball suspended Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Sunday.
According to MLB.com, Major League Baseball announced the suspension was for ”intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the top of the second inning of Sunday night’s game at Fenway Park.”
Dempster threw three pitches that failed to hit Rodriguez before plunking him in the elbow on a 3-0 count.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined for being ejected on Sunday after his altercation with home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. According to USA Today
, Girardi was upset about the hit by pitch and spoke to reporters after Sunday’s game.
“You can’t start throwing at people,” Girardi said. “Lives, people have had concussions; lives are changed by getting hit by pitches.…That baseball is a weapon. It’s not a tennis ball. It’s not an incredi-ball that’s soft. It’s a weapon, and it can do a lot of damage to someone’s life, and that’s why I was so upset about it. You can express your opinion and be upset with someone, but you just can’t start throwing baseballs at people.”
The suspension of Dempster shows that Major League Baseball agrees that the umpiring crew did not do the right thing and should have known what was going on when Dempster missed three straight times then hit him on 3-0. He should have been ejected as soon as he hit Rodriguez.