New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has suspended Boston Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster five games for intentionally drilling New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the back of the left elbow Sunday at Fenway Park.
The League’s statement said Dempster was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for “intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the top of the second inning of Sunday night’s game at Fenway Park.”
Before he hit the Yankeess slugger, Dempster threw inside to Rodriguez three times earlier in the at-bat.
Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice president of standards and operations for Major League Baseball, also fined Yankees manager Joe Girardi for arguing with umpire Brian O’Nora that followed the hit by pitch.
Unless Dempster appeals, the suspension will start with Tuesday night’s game against the Giants in San Francisco. Dempster would be eligible to return on Aug. 27, when the Red Sox open a homestand against the Baltimore Orioles.
Before Dempster’s suspension was announced, Girardi said the League should suspend the Red Sox starter or it would be “open season” on Rodriguez.
“It just makes him open season for people, and that can’t happen,” Girardi said. “It’s not fair. If a player is suspended for throwing at someone, they’re going to get their appeal. Are we just going to throw that out, too? I mean, this is what’s been negotiated.”
Girardi said that he would support any of his players in this situation, regardless of their alleged activities off the field.
“One of the reasons I was so upset is you just can’t throw at people,” Girardi said. “That baseball is a weapon. It’s not a tennis ball. It’s a weapon, and it can do a lot of damage to someone’s life, and that’s why I was so upset about it.”
“You can express your opinion and be upset with someone, but you just can’t start throwing baseballs at people. It’s scary,” he added.
Rodriguez exacted a measure of revenge four innings later, belting a long solo home run to center field off Dempster that sparked a four-run rally en route to a 9-6 win.