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Rays hit hard by suspensions

Posted Jun 6, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Jun 6, 2008 at 06:58 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas—MLB has determined the suspensions for yesterday’s brawl, and the Rays certainly got the worst of it.

James Shields was suspended for six games, Jonny Gomes and Edwin Jackson for five each, Carl Crawford for four games and Akinori Iwamura for three.

On the Boston side, Coco Crisp got seven games, Jon Lester five and Sean Casey three.

All eight players were also fined an undisclosed amount.

Updating: The official MLB release is out, and it details the days the suspensions are scheduled to begin assuming no appeals are filed. Any player that appeals will be able to continue playing until the appeal can be heard.

The suspensions for Shields, Gomes, Crisp and Lester are slated to begin tonight.

Crawford’s suspension is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Jackson’s suspension is scheduled to begin next Friday.

Casey’s suspension is scheduled to begin next Saturday.

Iwamura’s suspension is scheduled to begin Tuesday the 18th.

Updating again at 6:50 p.m.: Joe Maddon said the Shields and Gomes suspensions will be appealed, so Gomes will be available tonight and Shields should make his next scheduled start in Anaheim. Appealing buys some time for the Rays to set everything up, but Maddon also admitted they appealed partially out of principle because they don’t believe they did anything wrong.

Maddon called a closed-door team meeting to reinforce that notion.

“I just wanted to reiterate to our group that I felt, actually, proud of the way we handled the situation yesterday,” said Maddon. “I thought we handled it the right way and I don’t think it can be disputed in any way, how we handled ourselves during this entire event, and for that I’m very happy with our guys. Now it’s up to us to take this negative situation and turn it into something positive.”

Reader Comments

Por (Barbara) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

They deserve it.

Navarro did too - Sox will get him next time around

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Por (Michael McCloskey) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Looks like MLB got it right to me. Both sides are culpable. Crisp shouldn’t have charged the mound but Shields shouldn’t have hit Crisp. Those are the facts, regardless of who did what the day before. The suspensions are for what actually happened in the game. That’s why the Rays had 17 games worth of position player suspensions to the Sox’ 10. If you watch the tape objectively, it’s clear the Rays players did the most punching vs. shoving. The reality is he hit two Rays and threw behind a third. Also, why hit them in the second inning? You lose your starting pitcher, you lose the game. The loss cost the Rays 2 games in the standings. I would rather the Rays sent a message by winning the game and retaking first place.

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Por (steve) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

chowder heads got off lucky and deserved the beating they got, Cost the rays a game but they will make it up. Sometimes you have to stop the other teams abuse of your players by bypassing the message and pounding there chowder heads. Such is life, I find it hard to believe 2 more rays than sox were misbehaving,  oh yea , manny the puss stayed in the dugout. Can’t blame him when you make 10 million a year to get in the middle of a riot.Thankfully chubbo ortiz was not there,  that is a big boy, but so is cliff flyod.  Next time throw it at crisp head, he will think twice about trying to hurt our player.

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Por (Greg) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

and Bartlett gets zero games for starting the whole issue - way to man up JB!  Oh, and Johnny Gomes is a meathead I can’t wait for the Rays to get rid of him.

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Por (Jim) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Personally I think the Rays should have gotten way more than what they did.  I agree with the sox suspensions, although I didn’t see Casey.  For a pitcher 5 games is basically 1 game since he can just have his 4 off days.
As far as Gomes and Crawford go I hope they get it in the ribs next time, and hopefully from a 98mph Pap fastball.  They attacked a defenseless coco, have some balls guys - if you want to fight then go after a man who can fight you back, don’t start landing blows on someone when he is being held down.  Pathetic, I look for the Rays to drop atleast 10 games back of the sox by the break.

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Por (Matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Mike, the facts are, Shields was in the right, watch more baseball…..

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Por (Matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Barbara, Greg and Jim,

Stupid must run in the Sox families…

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Por (Paul Smith) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think they missed the most important person here.  The Rays manager, Madden, should have been punished.  I always thought the job of a manager was to difuse situations.  He made things worse with his calling out of Coco Crisp in the Wednesday game.  I think he could have handled things better and nothing would have blown up.  Starts with the leader.

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Por (Jim) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Matt,  Just wondering but you have anything insightful to add or just a cheap shot at sox fans?  Is it because we have Harvard, MIT, BC, BU, Northeaster, Tufts, etc. and you have ummm, Clearwater Christian and ITT?

Wow, that was fun not to talk anything about the incident in question and just insult people.

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Por (Matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

So I was watching it from my trailer yesterday and all I gotta say is sox sux, their fans sux and that ring they got has half the bling that my pimp has, even if mine is made up of cubic z’s.

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Por (Matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What, no suspension for that no-name 3rd base coach of the Sox who tackled Shields?

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Por (matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Good one Jim, apparently you must have used a degree from one of those schools to come up with that, huh?

Sorry, I struck a nerve, but seriously, watch more baseball…

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Por (David) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The issue here is that the Rays are still a bunch of losers and cheapshot artists playing way above their heads. To have a Manager order a pitcher to hit Coco in that situation boggles the mind.

They will be in the cellar by the end of July and that moron of a Manager will be fired at the end of the season.
..and whenever they play the RedSox or Yankees in Tampa there will be more fans showing up to watch their opponent than them. Totally classless organization we have here.
“Stupid is as stupid does”

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Por (Aaron) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

How did Bartlett start it. He was doing his job by blocking bad on attempted steal. Crybaby Coco hurts his little finger and tries to exact revenge on Aki not Bartlett. Coco got what he deserved when he decided to charge mound but then again he probably knew he would get a beatdown by mutiple players if if meant Rays suspensions.  Too bad MLB fell for it.
At least Lester got suspension by hitting 2 Rays and trying to hit two others.  The Rays did not charge the mound and yet got more suspensions.  Lester should have been thrown out after throwing behind Aybar.

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Por (matt) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

That was good, attaching my name to that trailer remark. Way to use that degree.

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Por (fanofbolts) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“Totally classless organization we have here. “

Hahaha, coming from Boston fans… Priceless, what’s next you didn’t cheat to win all those Super Bowls

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Por (RICH) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

WELL HOPE THEY ALL LEARN A GOOD LESSON <> TO SUSPEND PLAYERS THIS WAY WILL NOT HURT THE TEAMS UNLESS YOU DO IT WHEN IT COUNTS LIKE IN THE PLAYOFFS <> AS FOR [CC] HE HAS TIME TO REST HIS LEGS AND HAVE A BETTER 2ND HALF <> WITH AKI HE GETS RESTED WHILE THEY TEST AYBAR AT 2ND AND HE CAN HIT JUST AS GOOD <> LOSING SHIELDS FOR 2 STARTS MAY HURT A LITTLE BUT WE MAY GET A LOOK AT NIEMANN <> WHERE IS ALL THE DISIPLINE <> MONEY DOESN’T MATTER <> PLUS, WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF RUGGIANO OVER GOMES. IT IS VACATION TIME ! [HA]

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Por (Greg) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You Boston fans are a joke. Crisp started the entire thing by his bush league antics the night before. He even said himself that it should be tick for tack and that he expected the Rays to retaliate against him, and he hoped they wouldn’t go after another player. Well, that’s what Shields did and he hit him where he was supposed to (no intent to injure). Charging the mound just reversed everything he said the night before and proved how much of a little punk he is. And Carl and Gomes attacking a defenseless player…um, you mean like Crisp spearing Aki? Get a life and go back to your POS city up north.

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Por (Greg) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Matt, turn off the UFC and watch some real baseball - Shields was in the right was he? he was right to basically take himself out of the game in the 2nd inning and ruin the bullpen for the next couple of games, if he was going to go something he should have waited until the 5th or 6th inning. Oh, and for the record I hate the Sox (unless of course they are playing the Yankees).

Rich, take a computer class so you can turn the Caps Lock off.

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Por (Aaron) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Go to Rays website and watch NESN-Red Sox feed and even Red Sox announcers said no need to charge mound by CoCo and that Shields only hit him in the leg.  ESPN also blamed CoCo for entire fiasco and that he should have just walked to first base. MLB blew this one.  Suspensions should be even in # of games.

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Por (vince) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

you people dog the rays and the tampa area yet you live here,what does that say? says you are idiots and hypocrites,MOVE BACK TO NEW ENGLAND!!!!

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Por (Tony Montoya) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I HATE Boston and all the Chowderheads that come along with it.  Go back home cheaters

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Por (Tom) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If Crisp does not go WAY out of line by intentionally taking our a player in a situation that gave NO reason to do so, this never happens. There is no place for that kind of action in baseball. However, The RAYS can no longer get sucked in to these brawls,  trying to back up their guys.

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Por (Ken Kavanaugh) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I guess I’m confused…Shields and Crisp take care of business…I’m ok with that…stupid on the part of both players…but…ok.  What I’m not ok with is Gomes…Iwamura…Crawford…taking shots at Crisp while Navarro held him down.  No problem with what Navarro did…just a problem with the other three.  Apparently they grow manly men in the Rays clubhouse!!!

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Por (bobby orr) on June 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Johnny… ” Cheap Shot, Hit a man being held with no chance of being hit back”.. Gomes is phuked next time he bats…....I cannot wait. I’ll be at tropicana with all the other sox fans. It’s just like a home game except for a few gayray losers!!!!!!!!!!

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