Joba Suspended for Two Games
In one of the more asinine moves made by the commishioner's office, Joba Chamberlain received a two-game suspension for throwing inside to Kevin Youkilis.
What is Bob Watson thinking here? It doesn't make any sense at all. It's almost to the point that if you're ejected from a game, there's an automatic suspension from Majoe League Baseball.
Joba didn't hit anyone. Yes, Youkilis cried and whined and moaned like a little baby, but that doesn't change what didn't happen. Chamberlain didn't hit him. There should be no suspension.
Joba now has one more career suspension than he does victory. He's got more suspensions than saves. He's got more suspensions than he's allowed runs.
The bottom line is that if Watson thinks that Chamberlain was throwing at Youklilis' fat bearded head, then he should get more than two games, and if he doesn't think it was intentional than the ejection should have been all the punishment neccesary.
Now I know by the "Joba Rules" that Chamberlain wasn't going to pitch until Sunday anyway, but this sets a ridiculous precedent. Earlier this year, Clemens hit Alex Rios after benches were warned and received a 5-game suspension (really, it's a 1-game suspension for a starter). Essentially, Joba is getting twice the number of days for not hitting someone but "scaring" him that Clemens got for hitting someone after there were warnings issued.
I'm not a big conspiracy theorist, but does anyone else think that if Joba had a "B" on his cap instead of the "NY" that he'd be available to pitch tonight?
Labels: bob watson, joba chamberlain, mlb officials, umpires
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 2:51 PM