Originally Posted by westofyou
6 games suspension for Beckett comes to 6 non paid days, or at his salary, $370,370.
Seems a little larger than nothing attached to that number.
Are you sure those suspension games are unpaid? That wasn't the case under the old collective bargaining agreement, and if I had to guess, I think only steroid suspensions are unpaid. The article mentioned an undisclosed fine.
For the record, I think Bob Watson is right that this was intentional given the context. Beckett was frustrated that Abreu stepped out. I realize pitchers are taught to go ahead and finish the pitch when time is called, but you don't usually gun it at full speed at the direction of the batters head.
I also agree with the point that suspending a starting pitcher for any less than 5 games is toothless.
I could care less that the umpires didn't think it was intentional. They don't have the benefit of instant replay, and I don't always concur w/Joe West's judgment anyway (see e.g. the strike zone in last night's game).
This also isn't a court of law, and the standard of guilt isn't "beyond a reasonable doubt." Bob Watson has to make assumptions about intent when serious risk to players is at stake. It seems a LOT more likely than not that this was intentional.