TORONTO, CANADA: Brett Lawrie and Manager John Farrell of the Toronto Blue Jays argue a call with Umpire Bill Miller during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Brett Lawrie Starts Serving 4-Game Suspension Thursday Night

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was suspended four games for throwing his helmet and hitting home-plate umpire Bill Miller during an argument.

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Brett Lawrie Drops Appeal; Four-Game Suspension Starts Thursday Night

Brett Lawrie was given a four-game suspension by MLB for his helmet-throwing tantrum during Tuesday night’s Blue Jays game against the Rays.

As is common for these types of things, there was an appeal planned. However, that’s changed:

There’s been quite a bit of talk about this suspension; given the fact that a helmet actually hit an umpire, it was thought the suspension would be longer. The fact that it was only four games might indicate that MLB thought that umpire Bill Miller’s strike calls on the pitches in question weren’t really right, either.

Lawrie dropping the appeal indicates that he thinks it’s a fair penalty — even if he didn’t intend for the helmet to hit Miller, the fact is that it did — and that he’d like to put this behind him. As noted in the tweet, Lawrie will miss Thursday’s Jays game against the Yankees and their three-game series against the Mets this weekend.

For more on the Blue Jays, please visit Bluebird Banter.


Bluebird Banter: How Many Games For Brett Lawrie?

Brett Lawrie has been suspended four games for his actions Tuesday night, and he's also earned a fine. It's hard to find much to cull about that four-game suspension, because word was only recently handed down. Much of what's out there was written before anyone knew how long Lawrie would be out.

But on that subject, I thought it'd be interesting to take a look at people's expectations. We all knew Lawrie would be suspended; we just didn't know for how long. At Bluebird Banter, the audience was asked what kind of suspension Lawrie would get. Not what suspension he should get; what suspension he would get. The results:

1 game
7 percent

2-4 games
34 percent

5-7 games
39 percent

8-10 games
13 percent

More than 10 games
5 percent

Lawrie got four games, while 57 percent of the audience figured he'd get at least five games. More than a fifth of the audience figured he'd get at least eight games. This is just one poll, on a biased website, with a limited sample, but ... well now I don't know how to continue that sentence. My sense is that people are mildly surprised that Lawrie's suspension is as short as it is, given the way that it looked, and given how much attention it has received. But Joe Torre made a point of noting his understanding was that Lawrie didn't mean to hit the umpire with his helmet, and that undoubtedly factored in.

Lawrie won't miss a lot of time because of this. He will find himself with a more widespread reputation because of this. I don't know if Brett Lawrie cares about that. He probably doesn't. It'll be interesting to examine how Brett Lawrie's strike zone is called from here on out, as umpires might not take too kindly to Lawrie treating another umpire the way that he did.


BLS: At Least 10 Games For Brett Lawrie

It was Tuesday night that Brett Lawrie went crazy in front of home-plate umpire Bill Miller, and it was Tuesday night or Wednesday morning that most people wrote about it. Wednesday afternoon, Lawrie found out he was being suspended four games and fined. Among those people who wrote about Lawrie before a decision was handed down was Yahoo!'s David Brown, at Big League Stew. Brown?

That's the best lesson we can take from the game, eh? That when things don't go your way, just mindlessly rage against the machine. By that logic, Lawrie should share some of the blame for inciting the fan to throw the beer at the ump. (And maybe he should.)

At least by apologizing immediately, Lawrie should lessen the penalty that's coming. What will the MLB disciplinarian (Joe Torre) give him? Yadier Molina got five games for his spitting tirade at Rob Drake a season ago. Back in 2000, MLB suspended Carl Everett for 10 games for a head-butting quarrel with Ron Kulpa. When he was in the minor leagues, Delmon Young got 50 games for throwing his bat at an umpire. That was unquestionably intentional.

Lawrie should get at least 10 games.

Let's look at the precedent that Brown lays out. Molina got five games for spitting. Everett got ten games for hitting an umpire's head with his head. Young got 50 games for throwing his bat at a person on the fly. And then Brown thinks that Lawrie should be punished more than Molina, and as much as Everett? If all Lawrie did was argue, he would not be suspended - he'd just be ejected. He's being suspended because he threw his helmet. He threw his helmet at the ground, not at the umpire directly, and so he didn't directly assault the umpire the way those other guys did. He did act way out of line, obviously, but he didn't hit anybody, spit on anybody, or attempt to injure anybody. He threw a helmet at the ground. It bounced up and off the umpire.

For Brown to suggest at least ten games for Lawrie is one thing, but to base that off precedent doesn't make good sense. Lawrie didn't do what the other players did, and he was ultimately punished accordingly.


Brett Lawrie Suspended 4 Games For Tantrum

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is something of a phenom. You might be tired of reading about Bryce Harper, so take the time to read up on Lawrie. He has everything that Harper has, including the boisterous personality. Your adjective may vary, and it might rhyme with "swoosh", unless Canadians pronounce "swoosh" differently.

And on Tuesday, Lawrie wigged out on an umpire.

That's the kind of reaction you have when your desert-island mate gives the last of the insulin to his dog. That's not the kind of reaction you have for a called third strike, especially the part where the helmet comes up and wings the umpire. And Major League Baseball wasn't impressed.

Four days and some money. Considering that the helmet hit the umpire, intentional or not, Lawrie is probably a little on the lucky side.


Brett Lawrie And The Human Element

Tuesday night, there was an incident between Brett Lawrie and home-plate umpire Bill Miller. There didn't need to be, but there was, on account of the humans.

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