UPDATE, 5:44 pm: MLB now confirming that Shane Victorino is the ONLY suspension stemming from the altercation. Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside will not be suspended, but will be fined. Placido Polanco also fined. Wow. Victorino will still appeal, and now you can see why.
5:32 pm: Shane Victorino has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball for his actions during Friday’s altercation with the San Francisco Giants, according to ESPN. He will appeal. Giants catcher Eli Whiteside was give a three game suspension and Ramon Ramirez was handed a five-gamer for starting the incident.
I personally believe this to be a harsh penalty for Victorino, who was goaded into the altercation. He took a fastball in the back and just walked out to the mound. Ramirez, and more so Whiteside, were excessive in nature. Ramirez immediately threw his glove down as Victorino slowly walked toward the mound, and Whiteside jumped around like a boxer waiting for the first punch to be thrown. To top it off, Whiteside may have also caused further harm to Placido Polanco’s ailing back and hip.
Victorino did push and shove a bit too much, but no punches were thrown and no one was hurt in the fracas. Players from the 70′s and 80′s must be laughing to themselves.
A shoving match gets players multiple-game suspensions? Please. Victorino should have gotten one to two, Whiteside four for escalating the situation (if he doesn’t jump around like an ass and tackle Polanco, it may have dissipated rather quickly), and Ramirez 3-5 games. But, MLB sees it differently.
That said, he should just serve the suspension now and get it over with against a team that is not currently in a playoff chase. The game is also away, so he runs the risk of missing home games should the appeal linger.