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Boston's Beckett Suspended Six Games

Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games after doing this (thanks to reader ilikeike).

Baseball Tonight actually put a clock on Beckett and he took roughly 11 seconds before entering his windup, which made Bobby Abreu decide to call time. Time was granted while Beckett was in mid-windup and he let go of the pitch a little too close to Abreu's head.

Beckett appears upset that Abreu either called time or took umbrage with the pitch and, in turn, walked towards home plate while apparently jawing with Abreu.

Benches cleared and players were ejected. Oddly, all the people ejected were from the Angels' side of the field and Beckett was allowed to continue in the game (a Boston loss). It's been noted that had Abreu walked as close to the mound as Beckett did to home, Abreu would've been tossed automatically.

This six-game suspension seems to make up for that.

But what do you guys think? Does the punishment fit the crime?

By CJ Holley  |  April 14, 2009; 5:03 PM ET
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Yes. As a starter it's essentially a one-game suspension. Seems about right for throwing close to a guy and jawing at him.

Posted by: smo06 | April 14, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Too tough. He was in motion when time was called. But Beckett should have stayed away from Scosia later during the melee. Will be reduced when appealed.

Posted by: eliahs474 | April 14, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Reducing the suspension won't don't do anything. The reason it's 6 games is so that he misses one start.

Posted by: capsfan83 | April 14, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Bad grammar, sorry.. Reducing the suspension would basically cause Beckett not to miss any time..

Posted by: capsfan83 | April 14, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

bummer. your video got pulled.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 14, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Beckett's a prick.

Regardless of when time was called (he'd JUST started to lift his foot), he threw it at the guy's head.

If inciting a (justified) bench clearing incident isn't worthy of a one start suspension, then MLB needs to rethink their rules.

Not only did Beckett violate an unwritten rule (no head hunting), but then he really instigated the whole thing by walking towards Abreu and trying to act tough. That said, the Angels definitely spent way too much time arguing this and Hunter was an idiot for getting ejected.

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 15, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 15, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

For those that want to see the video and don't want to worry about it getting pulled from YouTube.

Posted by: ilikeike | April 15, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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