Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is absolutely irate because Major League Baseball apparently has some double standards when it comes to punishment.
MLB didn’t fine or suspend Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for hitting Ortiz in the back with a pitch last Friday.
But on Tuesday, the league suspended Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman for six games after throwing a pitch behind the Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria during the same game.
“We’re the ones getting fines and suspensions,” Ortiz said via ESPN. “I guess the rules aren’t for everyone. I don’t think what they’re doing is fair. We didn’t start this up. I didn’t hit nobody. Workman didn’t hit anybody in the first inning. (Price) did.”
Here’s video of Price hitting Ortiz with a pitch:
Plate umpire Dan Bellino issued a warning to Price and both teams immediately after the pitch hit Ortiz in the bottom of the first inning.
From Ortiz’s point of view, the umpires determined Price’s intent.
“I thought the rule was for everybody,” Ortiz said. “I thought that the minute you figure someone hit someone on purpose — the rule says it right there — you’re going to follow up with it. In this case, it seems they ain’t.”
Workman is appealing his suspension. He’ll start Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians.