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March 13, 2008 at 6:13 am ET
How severe should the punishments be?

This slide by Shelley Duncan started Wednesday's brawl with Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)So, what should the punishments be for Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Rays-New York Yankees brawl?

You know Major League Baseball won’t let the unfortunate Spring Training brouhaha go without doing something.

Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon sounded like he wanted Shelley Duncan handcuffed and thrown in jail.

“What we saw today is the definition of a dirty play. There’s no room for that in our game,” said Maddon. “It’s contemptible, it’s wrong, it’s borderline criminal. I can’t believe they did that.”

You know Duncan isn’t going to jail. But what should be done?

According to Peter Abraham’s LoHud Yankees Blog, any suspensions would have have to be served during the regular season. Is this serious enough that Duncan and Yankee Manager Joe Girardi are suspended a couple of regular-season games?

How about Tampa Bay’s Johnny Gomes? After all, he is the Rays player who ran from right field and tried to jump Duncan after his overly aggressive slide.

Should anything be done to Yankee pitcher Heath Phillips, who was ejected for drilling Evan Longoria with a pitch?

How about Maddon? His team started this with overly aggressive baserunning that resulted in a Yankee injury, and his inflammatory words angered the Yankees and emboldened his players.

My guess is that Duncan, Girardi and Gomes face some type of suspension. Wouldn’t that be a weird thing if Girardi were suspended for his first game?

As it is, I think the bad blood that has already been stirred up between these two American League East teams will carry into the regular season. I have a feeling this conflict isn’t going away any time soon.

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2 Responses to “How severe should the punishments be?”
  1. Chad says:

    You know what you do? Absolutely nothing. This is over. They’re even. It doesn’t matter if penalties are handed out. If this feud rolls into the regular season, its going to do so with or without the penalties. They’re grown men, they’ve all seen this happen before. Let them figure it out for themselves.

  2. Ed Valentine says:

    Agreed. Except MLB no longer allows the players to ‘figure it out for themselves.’ That’s why you see some of the stupid ejections, and that’s why hitters get all pissed off if somebody throws more than 2 inches inside. I wish MLB would get out of the way and just let the players deal with it, but I don’t think they will.

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