MLB suspends Brandon Workman for not hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch

MLB continues to botch the most absurdly umpired game in recent memory

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May 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) is hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsLast Friday, the Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 in a 10-inning affair featuring a brawl, multiple ejections, beanballs and also some damn good baseball.

The fireworks started with Rays starting pitcher David Price hitting Red Sox DH David Ortiz in the back with a pitch in the first inning.

Ortiz was visibly upset, and home plate umpire Dan Bellino immediately warned both benches. John Farrell, upset that this meant his team would have no chance to retaliate without an ejection, came out of the dugout to argue the warning, and was promptly thrown out of the game by Bellino.

In the 4th inning, Price struck again. He hit Red Sox 1B Mike Carp with a pitch. One would assume that this should have meant an automatic ejection for Price, since warnings had already been issued. Inexplicably, Bellino did absolutely nothing, causing replacement manager Torey Lovullo to storm out of the dugout in protest.

Lovullo was also ejected.

In the 6th inning, with rain pouring down at Fenway Park, Brandon Workman threw a pitch that ended up going behind Rays 3B Evan Longoria. Despite the fact that it seemed obviously unintentional (wet ball, 2nd pitch of the at bat, rookie pitcher, close game), Workman was immediately ejected, along with the Red Sox' second replacement manager Brian Butterfield.

To top things off, Rays reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch in the 10th inning. No ejection there either.

May 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman (67) is ejected from the game after hitting Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) during the sixth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsIn summation: Rays pitchers hit three Red Sox batters, and no one was ejected or even punished in the slightest bit. The Red Sox hit zero Rays batters, and had a pitcher thrown out of the game as well as three managers.

To make matters worse, MLB in all its infinite wisdom decided to suspend Workman for 6 games due to his actions in that game.

The punishment for Price, Rays manager Joe Maddon and Oviedo: Nothing. This, despite the fact that Workman showed immediate regret for nearly hitting Longoria, and Price made it clear after the game that he beaned Ortiz 100% intentionally. 

To recap once again:
Rays pitchers hit three Red Sox batters. Total punishment: Nothing.
Red Sox pitchers hit zero Rays batters. Total punishment: 4 ejections, a 6-game suspension and a fine.

MLB has royally screwed the pooch on this one. There's really no logical basis behind anything that happened here, from the way the game was called to the league's decision after the fact.

Workman is appealing the suspension and will make his scheduled start tonight, but this shouldn't even be an issue. It never should have gotten this far.

Shame on Dan Bellino and MLB for completely botching the situation.
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