Ubaldo Jimenez drops suspension appeal

Ubaldo Jimenez drops his appeal, and reminds us why the MLB suspension system is broken

4/8/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Ubaldo Jimenez has dropped the appeal on the 5-game suspension that he was issued following his plunking of former teammate Troy Tulowitzki, who was very vocal about Jimenez and his behavior on his way out of Colorado.

Jimenez, who pitched on Opening Day for the Indians and allowed only 1 hit in 7 innings, will now serve his 5-game suspension, which will essentially push his 2nd start back by one day.

Instead of his next start landing on Friday against the Royals, he'll instead be scheduled to start Saturday's game. Same opponent, same venue, the only difference is about 24 hours.

At the end of the season, there will most likely be no difference whatsoever in Jimenez' total number of appearances due to this "suspension."

If Major League Baseball really felt the need to suspend Jimenez, there should be an actually a legitimate and meaningful suspension.

How can they fix this system, particularly for starting pitchers, who regularly take 4 games off anyway?

It's simple, really. For starting pitchers, make all suspensions a mandatory minimum of 10 games.

A 5-game suspension for a position player is substantial. That player would actually have to sit out 5 games that he otherwise most likely would have played. For a starting pitcher, a 5-game suspension is virtually inconsequential.

In the example of Jimenez, when he decided to appeal the suspension, he gave the following reasoning:

"I shouldn't be suspended. Players are hit by pitches every day. With a guy like him, you have to go inside. I can't get the ball to go where I want every time."

Basically, he's saying that he's not at fault for what happened, and has no remorse whatsoever.

By dropping the appeal, Jimenez (in a legal sense) admitted guilt and accepted his punishment.

You can't force a player to be remorseful, but if the league believes that a punishment is warranted, then there should actually be a punishment issued.

Jimenez didn't miss his first start, and his 2nd start was only slightly delayed. If a farce like that is the best the MLB has to offer, then why bother with a suspension in the first place?
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