Yanks, Rays Suspensions

Shelley Duncan gets three games, Jonny Gomes gets two, while tangential and super-secret punch-thrower Melky Cabrera comes out of nowhere to get three games as well, damn those stupid cameras and their crazy recording mechanisms!

Girardi, Long, and Meacham fined.

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  • Another example of Bob Watson’s pro-yankee bias.

    sam-YF March 14, 2008, 2:25 pm
  • How about an example of Bob Watson actually getting something right? Duncan and Gomes suspended, Duncan with one extra game for starting the whole affair. Seems right. Melky gets a suspension for suckering someone on camera, apparently. Is that worth complaining about? As for the coaching staff getting hit, that seems perfunctory, to an extent.
    Sometimes the league gets it right. Doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot to complain about in this decision, which in the end is a pretty inconsequential one.

    SF March 14, 2008, 2:31 pm
  • Let’s see if the Rays leave it at that. From the comments of their manager and rightfielder, I say no.

    A YF March 14, 2008, 2:34 pm
  • I think what Sam is referring to is the accusation by several that ‘Yankee Bob’ has a Yankee bias. I can’t think of one situation where he has ever favored the Yankees, including this one, where it was Gomes who actually started the bench-clearing brawl. No one moved until Gomes came flying out from right field.

    AndrewYF March 14, 2008, 2:38 pm
  • Andrew that was indeed what I was referring to. He takes no mercy on the yankees whatsoever. IMO, he is often harsher on them than he is on the rest of the league.
    See: Chamberlain, Joba 2007

    sam-YF March 14, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • Like A YF, I too hope this closes this assinine affair, but it won’t. Let’s just beat the hell out of them on the field…

    krueg March 14, 2008, 3:26 pm
  • Do you think this is a case of that Sam?
    Frankly, I think all the conspiracy theories on both sides of this argument are silly.

    LocklandSF March 14, 2008, 3:26 pm
  • He takes no mercy on the yankees whatsoever.
    Where was there mercy to take in this case? What did he do here that exposes a bias, either way? Watson handed out totally justifiable suspensions today. There’s no evidence of anything having to do with Bob Watson in today’s news. Nothing.

    SF March 14, 2008, 3:42 pm
  • Here’s a pretty good refresher on what we all think of Bob Watson:

    SF March 14, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • So we agree that he is a pretty horrid disciplinarian. IMO, Gomes deserves just as much a suspension as anyone. Duncan was on the ground, already ejected, and was pretty clearly not making any aggressive moves towards anyone. Gomes was the one who started the brawl.
    Whatever. The Yankees play the Rays again soon. If they throw at Duncan, then they better be ejected. If not, then there is a serious competence issue, and it will just fuel the ‘conspiracy’ fire. Me, I’m hoping they suck it up like men, but their recent comments seem to indicate otherwise. We’ll see.

    AndrewYF March 14, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • The real story here is apparently Joe Torre’s ability to take over Joe Girardi’s body. It is a clear case of body snatching if Peter Abraham’s Girardi (but really Torre) quote is accurate:
    “It is what it is and you move on,” Girardi said. “We’ll still start the season with who we were going to start the season with.”

    DR March 14, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • “Gomes was the one who started the brawl.”
    Excuse me? Would Gomes have even been there if it wasn’t for Duncan being an idiot?

    LocklandSF March 14, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • “Excuse me? Would Gomes have even been there if it wasn’t for Duncan being an idiot?”
    In conflict resolution discussions with children in 5th grade, we say what Gomez did was escalate the conflict, rather than de-escalate it. Sometimes some hippie teacher draws an escalator to illustrate the point. Both Duncan and Gomez would go to the principal’s office and face similar punishments if the situation played itself out in a classroom.
    When will baseball begin?!

    Nick-YF March 14, 2008, 6:58 pm
  • Amen, Nick! When will baseball begin? 11 days is just a really really long time

    rootbeerfloat March 14, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • and face similar punishments
    Yes, and they received similar punishments. Not the same, but similar. ;-)

    SF March 14, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • In the school situation, I think they get the same punishment:) The precedent was set in Davey vs. Tommy (2003)–a schoolyard conflict spilled over into the block area simply because Tommy wouldn’t let well enough alone. He pushed up button on the escalator and chaos reigned!

    Nick-YF March 14, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • at least watson spared phillips[?] who hit a batter and got tossed…
    honestly, i hope this is the end of it…the rays should be happy with the punishments handed out to the yankees, which i can’t argue are deserved…if the rays retaliate, even down the road, the punishments should be even more severe than what the yankees got…like i said yesterday, girardi and maddon should settle this like adults, but i’m not confident…i like the idea of the yanks being a bit tougher, but i hope they aren’t the ones who dwell on it and they simply move on…bigger fish to fry than jonny gomes…

    dc March 14, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • Nick – hilarious. This whole situation got blown completely out of proportion, due to a pretty uneventful spring this was the only really ‘interesting’ thing going on.
    I guess it makes tomorrow’s game pretty interesting. I wonder if the Rays are dumb enough to try anything. And I really hope the Yankees aren’t stupid enough to do anything either.

    AndrewYF March 14, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • “…i can’t argue are deserved…”
    i think i meant i can’t argue they’re NOT deserved…damn double negatives

    dc March 14, 2008, 10:40 pm

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