Suspending a Starting Pitcher

Roger Clemens’ five-game suspension for intentionally beaning Alexis Rios begs the question – should MLB re-evaluate starting pitcher suspensions? Although the Yankees didn’t choose to do this, a five-game suspension could simply become an extra of rest for a starting pitcher. It’s hardly the same penalty as, say, a three-game suspension to a team’s elite hitter. With the appeals process as it is, a pitcher could simply elect to serve his suspension the day after a tiresome, 120-pitch start, and the team would lose absolutely nothing with his five-game suspension. That’s far different than losing a middle-of-the-order hitter for a few days.
In the case of starting pitchers, the punishments don’t seem to fit the crime.

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