Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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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.”