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    Not like I would miss him anyway, but I just don't get this one he didn't get ejected and didn't even hit Manny so why is he getting suspended?
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=nyy



    Farnsworth suspended three games

    04/19/2008 7:00 PM ET
    Farnsworth suspended three games
    Disciplined for throwing behind Ramirez, righty plans to appeal
    By Pete Kerzel / Special to MLB.com


    BALTIMORE -- Kyle Farnsworth still insists that the pitch that buzzed behind the head of Manny Ramirez on Thursday night slipped out of his hand. Regardless, the right-handed Yankees reliever was suspended three games on Saturday by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at the Red Sox's left fielder.

    The suspension, announced early Saturday afternoon by MLB vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson, drew an immediate rebuke from Farnsworth, who contends that he did nothing wrong, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who expressed amazement that the pitch warranted disciplinary action at all.

    "Intentionally, huh?," Farnsworth said. "The ball slipped, and as far as I know, I didn't hit him. If I'm going to hit somebody, it's not going to be in the head, that's for sure. I don't want to endanger anybody's career, and that's definitely not a hitter you throw at."

    Based on talks with his agent and Yankees management, Farnsworth has decided to appeal the suspension, the third of his Major League career. While pitching for the Tigers in 2005, Farnsworth was ejected from a July game in Kansas City for his role in a benches-clearing fracas and served a five-game ban after being traded to the Braves. Two years earlier, while with the Chicago Cubs, Farnsworth served a two-game penalty for his role in an on-field melee involving the Reds' Paul Wilson.

    "Yes, I was," Farnsworth said when asked if he was surprised by the edict. "Bob's got to do what he's got to do. I don't agree with this, and I'm going to appeal it."

    Girardi was equally succinct in his reaction to the news that his bullpen could be forced to make do without Farnsworth for three games. When the appeal will be heard remains in question, since the Yankees are in the midst of a 10-game road trip.

    "Shock -- completely shocked," Girardi said before Saturday's game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. "I don't understand it. I disagree with it. It doesn't make any sense to me."

    Entering Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium in the seventh inning, Farnsworth sent a fastball behind the helmet of Ramirez, who had homered twice earlier in the game. After the game, Farnsworth told reporters that the ball slipped from his hand, while Girardi explained the incident by saying his reliever was amped up with too much adrenaline.

    "That's what's kind of confusing [to] myself," Farnsworth said. "I didn't hit him. There were warnings issued and nobody was ejected. ... I'm not trying to hit the guy."

    Though Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had been hit the previous night by Boston's David Aardsma, Farnsworth said that payback wasn't his intention. Ramirez passed off the near-miss as Farnsworth backing up a teammate and didn't seem to have a problem with the pitch.

    "I'm definitely not trying to hit [Ramirez]," said Farnsworth, adding that catcher Chad Moeller was set up awaiting an inside pitch. "I respect him. ... Like I said, I don't want to put him in a bad situation. I know he's not making the decision -- it's Bob. So [Ramirez] can say anything he wants."

    Girardi called into question the logic of baseball's decision after watching Hideki Matsui get hit twice by the Orioles' Daniel Cabrera in Friday night's 8-2 Yankees loss. Matsui was grazed on the right hand and drilled in the left thigh by a pitcher known to struggle with his control.

    "You've got a guy like Daniel Cabrera, and I don't think he's trying to hit anyone, and he comes up and in," Girardi said. "Daniel Cabrera is pitching and he has a live sinker that has a lot of run, and sometimes his ball gets away. Nothing happens there. I just don't understand why [Farnsworth] was suspended for three games."
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  • #2
    This is absolutely ridiculous. Only Yankees... ONLY Yankees get suspended for not even HITTING a batter. This is the second freakin time this has happened recently (Joba, now Farnsworth). It's a joke.
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    • #3
      Even though Manny Ramírez was the target of a Kyle Farnsworth 97-m.p.h fastball toward the head, he doesn't think the New York Yankee reliever should have been suspended the Boston Globe reported.

      "He don't deserve that," Ramírez said. "He was just protecting his players. You know we hit [Alex Rodriguez] the game before."

      Farnsworth, who threw behind Ramírez's head in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 7-5 Boston Red Sox victory, received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from league disciplinarian Bob Watson Saturday. Ramírez was matter-of-fact about the incident. "That's the way the game is played," he said. "You hit one of their guys, they're gonna hit one of yours."

      Source: Boston Globe

      http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/rumors

      Umps are getting to far involved in the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.

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      • #4
        This is just more ineptness and incompetence from Selig, MLB, the the ranks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pinstripes View Post
          This is absolutely ridiculous. Only Yankees... ONLY Yankees get suspended for not even HITTING a batter. This is the second freakin time this has happened recently (Joba, now Farnsworth). It's a joke.
          It's Farnsworth. I thought you guys won't mind?

          Joking aside, not sure what the point of this is. Even Ramirez understood why he was thrown at, to point out, Farnsworth failed to even hit him even making him a failure at sending a message, but still, A-Rod was hit one night, it's reasonable to suspect Ramirez would be hit another night.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pinstripes View Post
            This is absolutely ridiculous. Only Yankees... ONLY Yankees get suspended for not even HITTING a batter. This is the second freakin time this has happened recently (Joba, now Farnsworth). It's a joke.
            I am a Yankees fan but I really try to remain objective when it comes to stuff like this and I have to agree with Pinstripes here. I can't remember the exact numbers, but since 2000 the Red Sox have hit the Yankees at a 3 to 1 ratio. That was by far my biggest knock on Torre, that he did absolutely nothing about it. When Joba was suspended last year the Red Sox had hit 3 Yankees in the previous few games with no warnings, but when the Yankees throw anywhere near a Red Sox batter immediate ejections and suspensions. That's the way it's gone for the last few years. The Sox hit a couple Yankees, no word from the umps, then the Yankees retaliate and they're ejected. If anyone's taking bets I got a $10 bill that says Beckett or Taverez will plunk Jeter or Arod in the next series, no warning shots, and nothing will happen to them.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Evangelion View Post
              It's Farnsworth. I thought you guys won't mind?

              Joking aside, not sure what the point of this is. Even Ramirez understood why he was thrown at, to point out, Farnsworth failed to even hit him even making him a failure at sending a message, but still, A-Rod was hit one night, it's reasonable to suspect Ramirez would be hit another night.
              I still like to think that one of two things happened here. Either Farnsworth was purposely trying to miss him (launch one to the backstop to send a message without risking killing the guy), or it was a pitch that was supposed to be inside and it just got away from him. I've seen Farnsworth lose control at times and miss worse than that (in every possible direction) so it wouldn't be out of the question.

              The other possibility is that he was trying to drill Manny and missed. I doubt it, but I won't deny the possibility, because who knows when it comes to Farnsworth.

              The other thing I don't get is all this "who cares it's Farnsworth" stuff. The guy's been pitching very well lately. Going back as far as the end of last season, his stuff, movement, and control have been very atypical of what we've seen from him since he got here. He's been somewhat up and down, but I feel like he's going to significantly contribute to the pen.

              Looking at his key periferals, he's got 8 Ks and 2 BBs in 8.1 innings. That's very encouraging, at least to me. He's given up 11 hits, which is obviously too many for 8.1 innings, but 4 of those hits came in one game @ KC. Another positive is that he's allowed 9 ground balls and 7 fly balls. His career GB/FB rate is .93, so far this year it's 1.29, which means they're not lifting the ball as much as usual. I actually think this is due to his use of the 2 seamer which has actually been moving/tailing quite a bit. I like the way he's been throwing the ball, even if the numbers and results aren't quite there yet.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by steve rogers View Post
                since 2000 the Red Sox have hit the Yankees at a 3 to 1 ratio. That was by far my biggest knock on Torre, that he did absolutely nothing about it....when the Yankees throw anywhere near a Red Sox batter immediate ejections and suspensions. That's the way it's gone for the last few years.
                I'm not sure if you're right or not, but it's funny that you have both these sentences in there. That you didn't like that Torre didn't retaliate, but you say Yankees pitchers got ejected with ease. Why would Torre want to retaliate if he and his players get ejected and suspended?

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                • #9
                  Typical MLB anti-Yankee cr*p

                  What anti-Yankee bullsh*t. Rodriguez actually got hit - was David Aardsma suspended. Of course not.

                  Bob Watson has had it in for the Yankees for a decade now. It is getting so obvious as to be ridiculous and embarrassing for MLB - if they were capable of being embarrassed. After hiring a Red Sox director to report on steroids, we know they aren't.

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                  • #10
                    I wonder what Bob Gibson thinks about this.
                    "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TonyStarks View Post
                      I wonder what Bob Gibson thinks about this.
                      Gibson would have hit everyone on the redsox team and laughed in their faces. And then if they would dig in again, he would hit them again. Hail Bob Gibson and chin music.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bigbadwolf View Post
                        Gibson would have hit everyone on the redsox team and laughed in their faces. And then if they would dig in again, he would hit them again. Hail Bob Gibson and chin music.
                        Ahhh....we finally agree on something.





                        Disclaimer: I do not condone violence or intentionally throwing at batters or head hunting. But I do not look down on pitchers who are claiming their territory,ie. the plate and pitching inside, and not being afraid of specific hitters.
                        Last edited by TonyStarks; 04-22-2008, 08:48 PM.
                        "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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