Heard throughout Major League Baseball

It wasn’t the shot heard around the world, rather it was the pitch replayed in clubhouses around Major League Baseball.

It wasn’t LeBron’s decision. Instead, it was Ryan’s decision.

One pitch behind the batter, two inside and finally a fastball to the left shoulder.  For that, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster was handed a five-game suspension – essentially pushing his next start back one day. 

The biggest part of this intentional beaning is the batter on the pay – Yankees’ star, or rather news hog, Alex Rodriguez.

Yankees' Rodriguez is hit by a Dempster pitch during the second inning of a game in Boston. // Photo by Jared Wickerham (Getty Images)

Yankees’ Rodriguez is hit by a Dempster pitch during the second inning of a game in Boston. // Photo by Jared Wickerham (Getty Images)

Let’s forget for a second that five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are useless, stupid, and realistically a way for Major League Baseball to say, “Yeah, we punished him.”

Now everyone has talked about Dempster’s suspension.

Should he have been suspended? But he wasn’t even ejected from the game.

But what the real issues here, are whether there was anything wrong with the action and what it really meant.

Paul Spoljaric said it best on Baseball Central when he explained that players in the MLB have always policed themselves. Pitchers hit batters to send a message and when it goes too far that’s when we, as fans or observers of the game, see the benches clear.

But this specific play was to send a message. It’s not a message from Dempster. It’s not a message from the Boston Red Sox. It’s a message from the players – from the union.

Every other player suspended in the Biogenesis scandal accepted their suspension and will sit for the next 50 plus games. But not Alex.

Mr. Rodriguez seems to be bigger than the Yankees, bigger than baseball and those that play around him.

Dempster’s beaning was simply a message to him that you’re no better than the next guy. You’re not baseball Alex. And because of that, Dempster’s start is pushed.

But nobody should see anything wrong with what Dempster did. Even if he did take matters into his own hands, he’s sending a message – the same things pitchers have done for decades before him.

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