From the AP: New York Yankees reliever LaTroy Hawkins was suspended for three games and fined $2,000 by Major League Baseball today for intentionally throwing at the Orioles' Luke Scott.And of course, like a good manager, Yankee skipper Joe Girardi tries his best to explain why his player should not be suspended.
Hawkins, who pitched for the Orioles in 2006, has appealed and the suspension is delayed until a decision is reached. The suspension had been set to begin today, when the Yankees host the Orioles in the final game of a three-game series.
"I was a little bit surprised" that Hawkins drew a three-game penalty, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Guys have been throwing inside for a long time. I think you're trying to set a precedent where no one gets hurt badly."Whatever, Joe.
Look, I understand the logic of revenge, an eye-for-an-eye or whatever a team needs to get back at their superstar (as in Tuesday's case - Derek Jeter), but there needs to line a drawn as to what should be acceptable, and what crosses into cowardice.
I think it's dumb to throw at someone to begin with, but as a fan, and guy who knows baseball tradition -- I accept it.
What makes LaTroy a punk to me is that when he had an opportunity to get back at the Orioles, he aimed for Luke Scott's backside and missed.
However, with the next pitch -- whether it got away from him, it slipped, or it was intentional -- it was aimed at Scott's head.
It is needless to say that throwing at someone's head is crazy; however, if you're going to endanger someone's career, potential long-term health and life, you've got a problem.
Furthermore, Hawkins' appeal of a judgment when his actions were an obvious attempt to inflict harm makes him a punk to me.
Next week, when LaTroy comes to town, and when he's sitting all snug in the bullpen, Oriole fans should unload on him.