MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

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Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues:

Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB
vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to
warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came without a fine, cited Sherrill for
taking 45 seconds too long to throw his eight warm-up pitches.

Sherrill treated the warning with the utmost professionalism, of course, taping it to his locker and writing “With more strikes called, the game is faster,” on the bottom.

If I was Bob Watson, I’d respond with something like “when you and your 8.00 ERA start throwing pitches near the strike zone perhaps more strikes will be called, Meat. Now speed things up, capice?

MLB fines and suspends Yasiel Puig two games for Tuesday’s incident with Giants

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Major League Baseball has announced that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been fined and suspended two games for his role in Tuesday night’s benches-clearing incident with the Giants.

Puig was upset with himself after fouling off a hittable pitch, tossing his bat up and grabbing it angrily. Catcher Nick Hundley didn’t like Puig’s expression of emotion and had a few words for him. Puig didn’t like what Hundley said and the two got into a shoving match before the benches emptied. Puig was able to get past his teammates attempting to restrain him to smack Hundley across the catcher’s mask. MLB’s press release characterizes Puig’s role as having “incited a bench-clearing incident.”

The Dodgers are off Thursday, Puig would be slated to miss Friday and Saturday’s games. However, Puig is appealing his punishment, which means he can continue to play until the matter is settled.

Hundley was fined but did not receive a suspension. If MLB’s press release were accurate, it would have characterized Hundley, not Puig, of inciting Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident. Puig was upset at no one but himself until Hundley inserted himself into the picture. Of course, this is by no means excusing Puig’s behavior as he should have been fined and suspended. But Hundley should have been suspended as well.