So I guess he'll have served 13 games instead of 20. I really can't believe it was reduced. That's baseball for ya, I guess. I'd really rather have the Commish suspend someone, and have that be that. The player's union flexes their muscles once again.
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#3 Posted on 9.8.05 1951.40 Reposted on: 9.8.12 1953.42
I hope Selig realizes that the next guy that pulls a stunt like this should be suspended for about 50 games. Then when the arbitrator cuts his sentence down he'll still get about 30-40 games. And I have to agree with Selig on this one. You can't assault two cameramen, unprovoked no less, and only miss two starts. But once again the MLBPA gets what it wants and baseball is made to look like a joke. I kind of hope that Rogers does get sued (if he hasn't already) because he got off way too easy.
#4 Posted on 9.8.05 2014.46 Reposted on: 9.8.12 2018.04
What gets me is this from the story:
Originally posted by CBSSportsline As part of his ruling, the arbitrator said the games Rogers missed could be taken into account if the pitcher falls short of any incentive clauses in his contract.
So is the arbitrator actually saying that Rogers shouldn't have been suspended at all? Also, since the fine was converted to a charitable contribution by this ruling, is he also saying he shouldn't have fined either? I would love to hear the logic behind the arbitrator's conclusions.
#6 Posted on 10.8.05 0854.47 Reposted on: 10.8.12 0855.02
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoThe logic was that the fine / penalty were too harsh, because they were out of line with the precedents that had been established from previous suspensions.
i.e. he doesn't deserve the second longest suspension ever for a non-drug/non-gambling offense.
The other issue is that MLB deviated from their stated policy on how they handle suspensions/punishments. Selig issued the initial judgement (rather than the Discipline Czar, Bob Watson) and also handled the appeal. That's silly. You can't have the same person handle both the judgement and the appeal, even in MLB. If Selig is so bent out of shape about it, he has only himself to blame.
Both this and his handling of Palmeiro just highlight (for the millionth time) what a horrible commissioner he is. It's not like the process behind meting out punishments is some rare occurence which follows a convoluted process. It's straightforward and happens all the time. Follow the process.