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Why A.J. Burnett’s Suspension Doesn’t Make Sense

Published by on June 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Major League Baseball yesterday handed out yet another controversial suspension over a pitcher throwing at a batter.

It all started in Tuesday Night's 12-3 victory by the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers.  Early on in the game, Texas starter Vincente Padilla plunked Yankees slugger Mark Teixiera.  Twice.

So, as a form of retalliation, which is commonplace in Major League Baseball, Yankees Starter A.J. Burnett attempted to return the favor, by throwing a pitch that was described by Major League Baseball as "high and tight", although it did not hit the batter, Nelson Cruz.  Both benches were warned, but Burnett was not thrown out of the game. 

Burnett doesn't get thrown out of the...

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