Saturday, September 22, 2007

Campillo suspended, a price too heavy

Even though I'm not much for watching Mariners lately (too many MLS, EPL, World Cup and Eufa Champions League games recorded), I did watch the few innings that Jorge pitched a couple of days ago. So, I was watching when he flattened Vlad the Destroyer with an inside pitch which resulted in his four game suspension. Crap.

I'm just noting the suspension and that this guy has very little luck when called up to the big team. Two years ago he suffered a near career ending injury while pitching his first major league start and now this. I also agree with John Hickey of the PI that the punishment was too severe.

Its easier to suspend a long reliever with no track record than one of the top five hitters in the league on a play off team, I guess.

Although, there is something to be said about the LaRussa rule that may have been in effect during the game. Johjima had been hit earlier in the game, so it might have been up to Campillo to hit back.

These aren't your daddy's Cardinals
Tony LaRussa's World Series Ethics

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