Today’s Idiot: Bob Watson

Bob Watson is Major League Baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline and vice president of rules and on-field operations. He dishes out suspensions and fines for players and managers.

The other day, he suspended Kyle Farnsworth for 3 games and fined him $2,000 for throwing a pitch behind Manny Ramirez. Watson decided that Farnsworth was throwing at Manny’s head because Manny had hit two homers earlier in the game. And since he supposedly wants to cut back on head-hunting, he disciplined him.

However, just a day before Farnsworth’s pitch, Boston reliever David Aardsma drilled Alex Rodriguez high up on the back after Rodriguez had hit a home run in the game. And Aardsma wasn’t suspended, fined or criticized by ESPN. Normally, I don’t mind my Yankees getting suspended for hitting someone, but over the past few years, it’s getting ridiculous.

Here’s some stats for you and perhaps Bob Watson needs to look at these as well.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 2002 Yankee batters have been hit 69 times by Red Sox pitchers as opposed to 48 Red Sox hit by Yankee hurlers. That’s 21 more times the Yankees have been hit by Boston pithers than vice versa.

But the figures are even more dramatic when you narrow it down to just the primary combatants, Jeter, Rodriguez, Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Over that same six-year span, Jeter has been plunked 12 times by Red Sox pitchers and A-Rod 10 times. By contrast, Yankee pitchers have hit Manny only three times and “Big Papi” has never been hit by the Yankees.

The Yankees attempt to prove their point by trying to win games. Boston seems to try and prove their point by drilling the opposing players, and focusing on the Yankees most valuable players.

I’m becoming a little tired of seeing Jeter flinch every time he gets drilled by a Boston pitcher and nothing happening. But when a Yankee pitcher throws a pitch that doesn’t hit anyone, he gets suspended for three games and fined $2,000? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

This works in detriment to the Yankees. Ortiz and Manny are way to comfortable at the plate when they face the Yankees and a couple of pitches inside would make them more uncomfortable. I guess if you don’t want to get suspended by MLB, Yankee pitchers will have to hit Manny and Ortiz and then use the typical Boston excuse of “we were just trying to pitch inside.”

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Posted on April 21, 2008, in Today's Idiot. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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