Policing Baseball: Macha Gets Wish, Venters Suspended

Prince Fielder

Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ken Macha is really angry.  Finally.  And Major League Baseball did something about it Monday afternoon.

After Braves’ Jonny Venters threw a breaking ball over Prince Fielder’s head Saturday, he drilled Prince in the back, hard. Fielder had hit a game-tying homer in his previous at-bat. That puts the Prince at 14 plunks this season, third in all of baseball and two behind teammate Rickie Weeks, who leads all of baseball with 17.

Manager Ken Macha could be angry about a number of things going on with his Milwaukee Brewers. Regardless, Ken Macha is putting his foot down on Major League Baseball for failing to police pitchers for intentionally drilling hitters. Major League Baseball responded by suspending Venters for four games and fining him an undisclosed amount and suspending Braves’ Manager Bobby Cox for one game.

By: Melissa S. Wollering

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Jim Joyce Steals MLB History From Armando Galarraga, Tigers and Fans

Maybe it was never meant to be. It’s all about destiny in terms of a perfect game. So maybe, for Armando Galarraga, destiny was not in his cards on June 2nd, 2010.

Still, it was a pretty terrible call and that’s probably an understatement.

Umpire Jim Joyce inserted himself squarely and firmly into the debates of an umpire’s role in a game and about whether or not Major League Baseball should enact sweeping changes to its instant replay rules by ruling the Indians’ Jason Donald safe at first base — when he was out by a step — in what should have been the 27th out of Galarraga’s perfect game. [Read more…]