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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: MLB suspends Ortiz, Zambrano, Hawkins

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 05:50 PM
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NEW YORK (AP) - Boston slugger David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano were suspended for five games each Thursday for their recent actions in separate games. Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins got a three-game suspension from another game.
 

Ortiz plans to appeal his penalty, which was set to start Friday night against the New York Yankees. He will be able to play until a hearing is held.

The suspensions for Zambrano and Hawkins are scheduled to begin Friday. All three players also were fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

Ortiz became upset after being called out on strikes by umpire Matt Hollowell last Friday night at Anaheim.

The Red Sox star had to be restrained by manager Terry Francona and coach Brad Mills. Ortiz then threw a couple of bats onto the field that came close to hitting umpires Bill Hohn and Mark Carlson.

Zambrano was penalized for intentionally hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch Monday night at Wrigley Field. Zambrano was ejected - the previous pitch, Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead homer off him in the ninth inning.

Earlier in the game, Edmonds homered, struck out and was hit by a pitch from Zambrano, and the two players exchanged words.

On Tuesday, Hawkins gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Hawkins was ejected after he started yelling at home plate umpire Tim Tschida, and the reliever had to be restrained by manager Dusty Baker and several Cubs coaches from going at Tschida.




posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 01:03 AM
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Ortiz has to appeal, there's no way he wants to miss a three-game weekend series at Fenway against the rival Yankees. :smug:



posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 08:45 AM
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i agree w/ proudamerican he doesnt want to miss this series & when he threw the bats he didnt intend for one of them to come inches from hitting an ump. that bat just hit off of the handle, causing it to fly farther- look how far that one went compared to the other.

zambrano is a different story. when he hit edmonds the 1st time u knew something bad was going to happen. it is ok to get into the game and get pumped up but u still dont give up a homerun to rolen & then strike out the next man and swing your arm and scream as if he did something really special. he deserves his suspension.



posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 05:31 PM
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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension Sunday.

Ortiz was suspended by the commissioner's office for throwing bats onto the field after he was ejected from a game July 16 at Anaheim. He initially appealed his five-game suspension, but dropped the appeal before Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Ortiz will be eligible to return for Saturday's game at Detroit. He entered Sunday tied for the AL lead with 27 home runs and was second in the league with 93 RBIs.

sports.espn.go.com...


They said that Ortiz and the Sox calculated the timing to drop the suspension as the Sox face lefties the next four games. Ortiz is a left-handed batter and has a much better average against righties.




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