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Joba banned for throwing pitches over Youkilis' head

Associated Press

Updated: August 31, 2007, 6:16 PM ET

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NEW YORK -- Yankees rookie sensation Joba Chamberlain was suspended for two games and fined $1,000 Friday, a day after he threw two 98-99 mph pitches over the head of Boston's Kevin Youkilis.

Chamberlain, ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez, claimed the ninth-inning pitches slipped and "there was no maliciousness or bad intention."

The umpires disagreed.

"There's more than a little bit of history between these clubs," crew chief Derryl Cousins said. "Those were two pretty nasty pitches the young man threw. Up here, you need to be a little better throwing strikes, and we just had to put a lid on it before there was a problem."

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for discipline, cited Chamberlain for "inappropriate actions." Watson at first contemplated suspending Chamberlain for three games but decided on a two-game penalty after conversations with Yankees officials, a person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail wasn't made public.

Yankees manager Joe Torre was upset after the ejection.

"That's absolutely ridiculous," he said. "Unfortunately, in a lot of situations, the umpires do not apply common sense. And I've seen it too many times. And something has to change. Either they have to school them or do something that certainly gives them a feel for the game better than they showed today."

Youkilis also was angry.

"Who knows what it really meant? You would have to ask him what his intent was and he's going to probably tell you he didn't mean to throw them," Youkilis said.

Chamberlain will miss games Friday and Saturday against Tampa Bay. Under the Yankees' rules for him, the 21-year-old right-hander wouldn't have been allowed to pitch Friday, anyway.

Chamberlain has thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings in the majors, striking out 17, walking four and allowing just five hits

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A total crock of sheet, but it doesnt matter because Joba wasnt going to pitch the next 2 days anyways.

Oh, and I bet you in the next series, which will be at fenway, a boston pitcher will plunk a yankee batter and will not be tossed out of the game, suspended or fined. This has all the makings of another boston/Yankees brawl.

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I don't agree with the suspension. Let them just play ball and everything will work itself out.

Kid has shown nothing but control and has walked what 3 guys in the innings he has worked? I could let him go if it were two offspeed pitches but the fastball is the pitch you should have the MOST control over. Especially twice in a row, especially given his short ML track record.

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So MLB is supposed to wait for him to hit someone in the head?

Whatever man. He has 12 innings in the majors. He threw 2 inside pitches. They were messages yes. He was kicked out without warning him first. That was enough.

The league should just issue a warning everytime the Sox play the Yankees. Seriously the first guy to hit a batter is kicked out of the game.

What is the # over the last 10 years? Sox vs Yankees -- how many batters have been hit by each.

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Whatever man. He has 12 innings in the majors. He threw 2 inside pitches. They were messages yes. He was kicked out without warning him first. That was enough.

The league should just issue a warning everytime the Sox play the Yankees. Seriously the first guy to hit a batter is kicked out of the game.

What is the # over the last 10 years? Sox vs Yankees -- how many batters have been hit by each.

The first one was a message. The umpire let him get away with that one. The second one was stupid. No reason for it. If you really want to send a message, you hit plunk him in the ass.

While Yankee fans seem to be butt hurt over him getting tossed, I am not arguing him pitching inside or sending a message to Youk for whatever reason.

I am arguing for sending two pitches over someones head to send a message.

Plus, there is a huge difference pitching inside like the Sox do versus the Yankees and sending a message.

Come on Maximus you are a little more rational then that.

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The first one was a message. The umpire let him get away with that one. The second one was stupid. No reason for it. If you really want to send a message, you hit plunk him in the ass.

While Yankee fans seem to be butt hurt over him getting tossed, I am not arguing him pitching inside or sending a message to Youk for whatever reason.

I am arguing for sending two pitches over someones head to send a message.

Plus, there is a huge difference pitching inside like the Sox do versus the Yankees and sending a message.

Come on Maximus you are a little more rational then that.

If he got suspended the ump should receive some kind of internal infraction. Seriously if they are so sure that the 1st one was a hate crime, then he should have received a warning. He didn't. Then he gets suspended for hitting a guy in a game when no warning had been issued?

That's rough man. Just rough. Suspended for not even hitting a batter? Wow. Some guys who played this game back in the day or laughing at that one.

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If he got suspended the ump should receive some kind of internal infraction. Seriously if they are so sure that the 1st one was a hate crime, then he should have received a warning. He didn't. Then he gets suspended for hitting a guy in a game when no warning had been issued?

That's rough man. Just rough. Suspended for not even hitting a batter? Wow. Some guys who played this game back in the day or laughing at that one.

I disagree...I think they're just watching and shaking their heads

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If he got suspended the ump should receive some kind of internal infraction. Seriously if they are so sure that the 1st one was a hate crime, then he should have received a warning. He didn't. Then he gets suspended for hitting a guy in a game when no warning had been issued?

That's rough man. Just rough. Suspended for not even hitting a batter? Wow. Some guys who played this game back in the day or laughing at that one.

Why?

Should he have gotten a third chance to hit him in the head?

Use your head Max.

One pitch the message is delivered.

The second? What is the ump to think? One pitch, maybe it slipped, but two? No. He had intent and should get tossed.

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Why?

Should he have gotten a third chance to hit him in the head?

Use your head Max.

One pitch the message is delivered.

The second? What is the ump to think? One pitch, maybe it slipped, but two? No. He had intent and should get tossed.

you have to be kidding me. if joba wanted to hit him he would have hit him.

maybe he was sending a message, or maybe the ball slipped. either way, if really wanted to hit youklis he would have.

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Why?

Should he have gotten a third chance to hit him in the head?

Use your head Max.

One pitch the message is delivered.

The second? What is the ump to think? One pitch, maybe it slipped, but two? No. He had intent and should get tossed.

Okay man I will cut you some slack here.

This thread is not about him getting tossed. It is about him getting suspended. Now that you are up to speed name me another player with no track record of doing wrong, that was suspended without ever hitting a batter.

Maybe it has happened. I can't remember it.

I have no problem with him getting thrown out of the game. I think the ump should have warned both teams. But you want to toss him, okay I can live with it.

Suspending him for not hitter a batter though is weak.

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I didn't see the game, so I'm not sure how close the pitches were; but you just don't throw 99mph fastballs at or near guys heads anymore. If you want to send a message, aim below the neck, it accomplishes the same thing. The league is very sensitive about headshots, they're the ones sending the real message.

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I didn't see the game, so I'm not sure how close the pitches were; but you just don't throw 99mph fastballs at or near guys heads anymore. If you want to send a message, aim below the neck, it accomplishes the same thing. The league is very sensitive about headshots, they're the ones sending the real message.

They were inside. Not over his head in the middle of the batters box. It was the height of the pitches that was a problem more than the location.

But when Jaba doesn't arch his back properly the ball tends to sail. Anyone who has followed him back in his College days knows this.

;)

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They were inside. Not over his head in the middle of the batters box. It was the height of the pitches that was a problem more than the location.

Maybe, you need a refresher of the video.

http://umassgifts.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/the-rivalry-is-on-joba-throws-at-youkilis-twice-with-the-lead-video/

They were inside all right. Inside the playing surface.

I didn't see the game, so I'm not sure how close the pitches were; but you just don't throw 99mph fastballs at or near guys heads anymore. If you want to send a message, aim below the neck, it accomplishes the same thing. The league is very sensitive about headshots, they're the ones sending the real message.

Exactly.

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