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MLB suspends Detroit Tiger Fernando Rodney for toss into crowd

The closer will miss three games. From ESPN-

Detroit Tigers pitcher Fernando Rodney has been suspended for three games and fined for throwing a ball toward the stands following a game last week.

During a postgame celebration on the field after Detroit beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday night, Rodney threw the game ball toward the seats and it ended up in the press box. No one was hit by the ball, which Rodney said he was throwing to the fans.

It followed an arduous 35-pitch save by the right-hander.

“I threw the ball to the fans — it was nothing,” Rodney said at the time. “I know I’m not supposed to throw the ball, but I’m feeling the moment. I threw it to the right spot and didn’t hit anybody.

The penalty was announced Tuesday by baseball vice president for discipline Bob Watson.

The Tigers have a 6.5 game lead in the Central Division and appear safe for the post season but as any baseball historian knows, crazier things have happened. Why not just fine Rodney rather than possibly alter a pennant race by suspending a crucial player?

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