CHICAGO – Chris Archer was suspended by Major League Baseball five times for clearing the banks of the Reds at PNC Park on Sunday.
The right-hander of the pirates appealed the suspension, which was announced on Tuesday. He is the next scheduled pitch Saturday against the Nationals in Washington.
Reds Right Fielder Yasiel Puig was suspended for two games and manager David Bell received a ban.
The incident was triggered when Archer threw a 93-mile fastball past Derek Dietrich's waist in the fourth inning. Two innings earlier, Dietrich had been at home on the plate, admiring a 436-foot run of Archer crossing the Clemente Wall and bouncing off the Allegheny River archer. When Bell came out of the dugout to argue that Archer should have been ejected, players from both Dugouts and Bullpens came into the field.
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Archer was not ejected.
As much as I was surprised that Archer was not ejected on Sunday, I was not surprised that he was suspended.
Even though five games may seem tough, it's the same as playing for a positional player as a pitcher only plays once every five days. Archer did what he thought necessary, and I can not complain, but he also helped to clear both banks and had to be punished.
I think two games are a bit easy for Puig, considering he acted like a madman Sunday player and wanted to hurt somebody.
A game for Bell is fair. He also escalated, but he was right too because he argued that Archer should have been thrown.
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