Venters suspended four games, Cox one, for hitting Fielder

Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters was suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount Monday for what Major League Baseball characterized as “throwing at” the Brewers’ Prince Fielder Saturday.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was also suspended for one game.

The announcement was made by Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of on-field operations. His statement said Venters was being suspended “for throwing two consecutive pitches at Prince Fielder” and Cox for “the intentional actions of Venters after a warning had been issued to the pitcher following the first intentional pitch thrown at Fielder.”

Venters and Cox were both ejected from Saturday’s game after Venters’ first pitch of the eighth inning sailed near Fielder’s head and the one to follow hit him in the back.

Venters had been warned after the first pitch, a slider. After his ensuing pitch hit Fielder between the shoulder blades, the ejections were automatic.

Both Venters and Cox denied that there was any intention behind the pitches, even though Cox acknowledged how it might have looked.

Fielder had hit a game-tying home run in his previous at-bat in the seventh inning Saturday night. And this was after Fielder was also hit by a Tommy Hanson pitch on Friday following a two-run home run by Ryan Braun.

“We didn’t hit Fielder [intentionally] (Friday) night at all,” Cox said after Saturday’s game. “And we didn’t hit him (Saturday) intentionally, at all. And that is the truth.”

Venters said Saturday they were “just a couple of pitches that got away from me,” the first one a breaking ball, the second, a sinking fastball.

Cox spoke with Brewers manager Ken Macha on the field before Sunday’s series finale, but the Brewers’ manager still asked MLB to review it.

Braves general manager Frank Wren indicated Monday he would reserve comment until he talked to everyone involved, which would likely happen Tuesday. The Braves were off on Monday.

There is no formal appeal process for managers so Cox is expected to serve his suspension Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against the Padres. If the Braves choose to appeal Venters’ suspension, he wouldn’t begin serving his suspension until his appeal is heard.

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bruce

July 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

ArkyTech

July 19th, 2010
4:34 pm

What a joke.

Pedro

July 19th, 2010
4:34 pm

I was out of town and missed these games. Did Fielder walk to first on his homer? What was the so called motivation for an “intentional” HBP?

Fire Frank Wren

July 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

When does Macha start his suspensions for Sunday’s hit batsmen?

What about the other guy...

July 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

So we get a 4 day suspension, and their pitcher who hit Glaus Sunday after both sides were warned didn’t even get ejected?!?!?!?

CO_Braves

July 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

Wow! Talk about a double standard. We hit one guy on Saturday and 2 guys get ejected, they hit 2 guys yesterday and not even a warning. Ridiculous

Najeh Davenpoop

July 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

In related news, AJC Braves beat writer David O’Brien is suspended all the time and was suspended most of Spring Training. Needing time to pay bills in person the old fashioned way and do laundry, O’Brien was on vacation again and could not be reached for comment.

willie g really hates bill shanks

July 19th, 2010
4:38 pm

they do not want the braves to win

dave

July 19th, 2010
4:38 pm

Fielder swings hard and off-balance, but I thought he got right into his home-run trot without showing-up anyone. I still can’t figure out why we plunked him, or why there was no ejection Sunday when Glaus was hit. Four games for a reliever is a big suspension.

coachx

July 19th, 2010
4:39 pm

Fielder did his usual dramatic one handed golf swing and “posed” with a 10 second follow through as the ball went over the fence.

This is baseball right ?

crybabies

July 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

I’m with Mr Wren’s oddly named cousin above. Macha makes I big baby deal out of the Fielder HBP, but when his guys turn around and hit two Braves, did he ask MLB to investigate himself? Oh, but Bobby Cox made a big deal out of it in the press…Cox didn’t? Oh, is that because he has class? Must suck being a lousy team with a crappy owner; but that crappy owner can get you some lovin’ when you file complaints against other team, can’t he Bud S.

oydave

July 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

I hope that someday people with some sense occupy the offices of MLB. The IQ of the present regime would have to quadruple to become infinitesimal.

DeepDiver

July 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

fizzy first.

JW

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

The pussification of the game continues. 4 games? Unreal, it’s not like Venters went headhunting. Watson’s a hypocrite, this type of stuff was standard in his day. I know he has to toe the company line now, but 4 games is excessive. Should be a one game suspension, tops.

DeepDiver

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

almost. some brewers better get suspended behind this.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

It wasn’t done intentionally by Venters…..If I am going to intentionally hit someone, it’s not going to be with a breaking ball..which was the pitch Venters hit Fielder with. Go back and look at every “intentional” hit batter in the past 50 years, guarantee you none of them were hit with breaking balls.

Chip4Prez

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

Fielder is a hot head. That’s not how Atlanta plays baseball. Anyone and everyone who follows baseball knows this. This was a poor decision by MLB. Hopefully Venters appeals and gets the suspension knocked down to a couple games. What blasphemy…

Wat Wat Wat

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

I think the brewer’s pitcher will see some time off as well. The braves won’t sit down and take it.

glove51

July 19th, 2010
4:42 pm

What a load of …

The Cyncial White Boy

July 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

“We didn’t hit him intentionally” – Bobby Cox

“I’m just holding her panties and taking her home” – Damon Evans

“I did not have s#x with that woman” – Bill Clinton

“I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail” – Gov. Mark Sanford

“I left the club before the incident” – Mick Vick

“I’m retiring” – Urban Meyer

“I’m your coach for the long haul” – Bobby “Pig-Sooey” Patrino

….And the beat goes on and on….

@ReanuKeeves

July 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

110% worth it to send a msg to Fielder’s fat a-s and to the rest of the league. Kudos to Johnny Venters, this is what you call a real baseball move. Just b/c a few whiney babies in NYC get their Playtex in a wad over it doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right thing to do.

GO BRAVES!!!

Skeezix

July 19th, 2010
4:45 pm

I can’t believe this—dumb, dumb, dumb. I hope the Braves appeal.

Jon

July 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

Wow what a bunch of stinking homers on here! It was absolutely the right decision. And for those moaning like little girls about why the Brewers didn’t face discipline after hitting our guys, try for once to OBJECTIVELY look at the situations in which the respective infractions took place.

ole smoky

July 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

What a crock !

AZBravoFan

July 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

Wow, that’s ridiculous! They really should appeal this one. If for no other reason than to have JV available for the SD series. Those games will all likely come down to pitching, and right now the more of Venters and the less of Saito the better.

j

July 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

This is BS! MLB, Brewers and Fielder = Jerkoffs

Jo-Bu

July 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

How’s that for send-off from Ken Macha to Bobby Cox for his retirement?
Gees, even after Bobby went over and spoke to him before the game on Sunday. Macha must really envy Bobby.

JMar

July 19th, 2010
4:48 pm

At the very least, I assume they’ll appeal until O’Flaherty is back with the team so that they don’t lose the lefty.

RHR

July 19th, 2010
4:49 pm

Joey

July 19th, 2010
4:49 pm

If Venters woulda just hit Fielder in his humongous butt, he wouldn’t even have noticed . . .

Has there ever been a fatter professional “athlete” in sports than Prince Fielder?

dave

July 19th, 2010
4:49 pm

Despite what I’ve heard on air and read here, it wasn’t a breaking pitch that nailed Fielder’s back. It was a fastball with movement

Still, it’s baseball. They tagged Heyward and Glaus. Should have been the end of it.

Wat Wat Wat

July 19th, 2010
4:50 pm

Fielder didn’t show off too much. Lord knows he can. I really don’t think hitting him was intentional, but it looks pretty bad.

Apparently no warning was filed against the brewers’ pitcher last night. I’m more concerned about how Angel Hernandez walked fielder down the line. I would think that to be professionally unacceptable, but what do i know.

Chris Chambliss

July 19th, 2010
4:50 pm

So, old Bob “Backup” Watson, former Braves sticks it to his old team. What do you expect from a guy who wears longjohns in August because he swears it will keep him cool? Pfft.

Jon

July 19th, 2010
4:50 pm

@ j – glad i could rile you up. job done.

Bruce Mac

July 19th, 2010
4:51 pm

” I am smart and rich and get plenty of women” – The Cynical White Boy.

Joey

July 19th, 2010
4:51 pm

Jon, stop crowing like a stinking little queen. And I’m being OBJECTIVE. . .

All I'm Saying Is...

July 19th, 2010
4:51 pm

Much ado about nothing.

Truth be told: Braves saw Prince as prancing after his poke and thought they needed to pop him one. Venters missed with his first attempt and then had to go after him again. So in return Brew Crew popped Glaus. Yawn.

Braves should appeal and put off suspensions until we play a lousy team and/or Venters needs the rest.

To “The Cyncial White Boy”–Your post was funny! [But I think you meant to refer to yourself as The Cynical White Boy]

LET’S GO BRAVES!

I'm Joey

July 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Alan 10

July 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

This is Bull$*%&, baseball couldn’t possibily have the Braves start another string of titles, not J. Venters attitude nor Bobby’s. I hope Mr. Macha is proud, he sure isn’t a manager.

tempe zac

July 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

Does anyone really believe Fielder made an effort to avoid the pitch? If you keep a hitter honest he will hit the deck

Fielder for Nutrisystem

July 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

The MLB must be going senile. No, really, get your eyes checked and then explain to me how Venters was supposed to pitch around that blimp.

dawglasville

July 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

I guess the league believes that Bobby suddenly changed his stripes and now he is Dick Williams. What a joke. Fielder can rest his injury in October.

dave

July 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

Joey: yes. Cecil

The Braves made Milwaukee feel like a legit threat by darting Fielder (and by getting our butts kicked for two days). Don’t even swat at a gnat if it doesn’t bother you….

Pinch Hitter

July 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

David, how close is Bobby to the career ejection record now?

Joey

July 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Nice comeback, sissy.

GTSteve

July 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

Glavine had to hit Dale Murphy one time, and everybody knew it was coming, and he threw a curve ball

mark

July 19th, 2010
4:56 pm

The plunking goes back to the walk off fat boy fielder hit against the good guys last year….the one where he threw the pretend hand grenade as he crossed home plate and his teammates all fell out…….he’s a big baby – ask his daddy

dave

July 19th, 2010
4:56 pm

@Wat : a warning was issued to both benches Sunday after J-Hey was nicked. The announcers correctly objected that it was unnecessary and an over-reaction. So how does Glaus get nailed with impunity?

dave

July 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Cox holds the career ejection record by a wide margin

mets_suck

July 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

“Jon”

Just so you know Venters hit Fielder down three and w/ a least one guy on base. The situation was very similar when Glaus got plunked. brewers Selig ol team this is garbage. By the way any baseball fan will tell you this is probably the WORST blue crewin baseball. West and Fallen Angel ought to be fired. Screw Selig and Watson.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 19th, 2010
4:59 pm

USMC DAWG

July 19th, 2010
5:00 pm

Johnny should have just hit Prince in the ass. There’s his excuse right there, “He’s so friggin’ fat, how can you not hit it?”

bravos fan

July 19th, 2010
5:00 pm

i agree, j… jon sucks. no one cares about what you have to say. shut up.

this is ridiculous. prince gets hit and venters gets thrown out. then prince slides into center field going after gonzalez with his spikes up in the air and the umpires do nothing?!?!?!?!?! then on sunday there’s a warning on a pitch that hardly hit heyward. then glaus is hit a few batters later and… nothing. makes no sense. umpires need to be consistent, and if they can’t do that then send them back to the minors. what do the mlb officials have to say about that?

and macha is a cry baby. go manage your crappy team, take 4th place in the 2nd worst division in the majors, and shut up. you’ll probably be out of a job after this season anyway.

tckr83

July 19th, 2010
5:01 pm

Hmmm… who did Bud Selig used to own???

Even if Venters DID intentionally hit him, the players can handle it on the field… and the Brewers did sunday by hitting a few Braves (with no ejections, suspensions). As someone earlier on here said, if you’re going to hit somebody… throw your hardest pitch, not a breaking ball such as Venters did. And you do it on the 1st pitch, which didn’t happen here. I think Don Sutton said the other night that Venters was not even really aware that he had been warned in the first place.

Angel Hernandez has had his run-ins with the Braves in the past and it was kinda par for the course for him umpiring a Braves game… short fuse. Also weird that Hernandez hugged Fielder all the way down to 1st base after it took place. I’ve never seen an umpire do that before.

GStateBen

July 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

Venters hit Prince because he held the bat and ran up the line with it, flicking it towards the Braves dug out. That makes baseball players furious. It wasn’t the swing, watch the replay again, it was how we carried the bat then flipped it towards the dugout.

If MLB let the players take care of this themselves, there wouldn’t be any suspensions needed. Is Prince really going to charge the mound? Highly doubtful.

Macha Will Need a Job in 2011

July 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

Screw Ken Macha! He needs to get off Bob Watson’s jock! Maybe’s he’s kissing up since he will need a job once he gets canned by the Brewers. Ken, enjoy watching the Braves on TV in October!

Macha Will Need a Job in 2011

July 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

It would take Prince Fielder 20 seconds to get to the mound if he charged the pitcher.

Supes

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

BS…Macha and the moron reliever who hit TROY GLAUS on sunday should GET THE SAME TREATMENT then!

But no….Cry baby PRISTINE FIELDER waaaahhhaaa they’re THROWING at me…waahhhaaaa Fat Lazy A** who nobody is going to want b/c of his attitude. Combine that with Scott Boras…I pity the team that ponies up the cash for that loser in the off-season when he becomes a FA.

tckr83

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

And Fielder would hardly be in fighting shape by the time he actually reached the mound…

mets_suck

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

for all the non-issue guys the events would have been a non-issue had venters not got suspended. But he did, futhermore The umps were inconsistant. Therefore it is an issue. Ask Joe Madden anout umping and he’l tell the MLB sucks in this area now. Tthis is a ISSUE

Pinch Hitter

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

dave, appears you’re correct. Did some googling and Cox is ahead of (gasp!) Earl Weaver, and Bobby is closing in on 162… a full season’s worth!

broncs

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

On the bright side I’ve been concerned Cox was using Venters too much. At least this gives him a rest so he doesn’t cause arm surgery like I personally feel he did to Moylan.

Breaking News!!!

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

The Sausage Race will be discontinued until further notice in Milwaukee. Prince Fielder keeps trying to eat the sausages.

Peter

July 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

Wow as wild as Venters has been this year, I wonder how many more suspensions he will get.

Also if anyone saw the replay of the 9th inning run that the Giant’s didn’t get against the Met’s…then you will see how badly the umps have been this year !

To say in general they suck would be just fine…and the baseball commissioner making $19 Million dollars a year……and for WHAT ?

USMC DAWG

July 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

How appropriate that the Brewers get no ejections, or suspensions. Guess where the Selig family roots are?

Breaking News!!!

July 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

Angel Hernandez and CB Buckner are in bed together!

J Dub

July 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

This happens in baseball all the time. Have no problems with what the Braves did and have no problem with what the Brewers did Sunday. Don’t even has as much a problem with Bobby getting a game. What I do have a problem with is Venters getting 4. It seems a bit excessive. Did Pedro get 4 for faceplanting Don Zimmer? Not trying to be smart, just trying to remember what the suspensions were for that incident.

roja

July 19th, 2010
5:06 pm

If Venters had thrown a fastball at Princess, he woulda plunked him in the center of that massive forehead – not the center of his 400 pound back.

Captain Lou Albano

July 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

WOW! Do you guys remember when baseball players played baseball and didn’t cry? Should have hit Fielder alot more if this was going to happen.

bravos fan

July 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

that call was HORRIBLE for the giants. hurts the braves too, but i feel for the giants. that’s gonna be a great race towards the end of the year.

roja

July 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

If they had brought in KK to pitch to Fielder, he would have missed him every time and it would have only gone down in the scorebook as an intentional walk!

tckr83

July 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

Yea, I think a bigger question is… How has Bud Selig remained the commissioner of baseball for as long as he has? Considering everything that has gone on in MLB during his tenure. The man on camera, makes the MLB look incompetent. I can’t help but laugh and wonder how the guy is where he is…

Peter

July 19th, 2010
5:09 pm

Didn’t two Braves get hit on Sunday ? Glaus, and Heyward ?

Yes I just looked at the Box score…….. both guys hit on Sunday…..

So where is the Brewer suspensions ?

tckr83

July 19th, 2010
5:10 pm

Peter,
They better be in the mail to Milwaukee…

Chip4Prez

July 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

Next time we pluck someone, let’s bring in KK to do it…

Captain Lou Albano

July 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

The Braves should hire some Tennessee Football players to finish the job hah!

willie g really hates bill shanks

July 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

look davenpoop you are stupid

Andy

July 19th, 2010
5:12 pm

You guys are right about this being a joke, this was taken care of on the field. I think the reason for the suspension was the first pitch was around Princes head and the second pitch was the upper back. Had Venters missed behind Fielder (yeah right) and then hit him in the thigh, nothing would be happening.

GT

July 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

That big gut falling over the plate like the roof of the astrodorm, how you going to miss hitting something that fat and slow.

Andy

July 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

Didn’t two Braves get hit on Sunday ? Glaus, and Heyward ?

Yes I just looked at the Box score…….. both guys hit on Sunday…..

So where is the Brewer suspensions ?
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Location, location, location.

joseph mccombs

July 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

lets nickname fielder for what he is. captain goodyear, the blimp always full of hot air,

Terry Pendleton

July 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

Don’t worry guys, Chino and I got the Padres…

Supes

July 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

Pristine will get drilled right in the a&& next time these 2 teams meet…question is who will have the stones to do it.

schmeckdawg

July 19th, 2010
5:17 pm

To me it is real simple for the suspensions. One of the BIGGEST Brave hating umps was behind the plate Saturday night Angel “you suck” Hernandez. The other Brave hating ump The “Redneck Fatboy” Joe West was somewhere else making some other teams miserable.

MLB needs to take a look at these two clowns and their records when umpiring Braves games!!!!!!!!

AlternateReality

July 19th, 2010
5:17 pm

I’m surprised that the Braves didn’t hit more batters in this series. a lot of the Brewers seem to dive out over the plate, and any pitch that’s remotely inside has a chance of hitting them.

On a lighter note, it would have been fun to see Heyward charge the mound. We might see just how fast the pitcher could run…

tckr83

July 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

Location?

Glaus was hit in the ribs… what’s the difference? I’d rather get hit in the back myself…

skep

July 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

I really don’t think Venters hit Fielder on purpose. Anybody that has seen him pitch has seen wild pitches in the same spot. On a righty batter they are just to the backstop, but to a lefty they look like a knockdown. When is Bob Watson going to be replaced with someone with a little common sense.

TTOUGH44

July 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

Hey on the sports news Sunday evening, I saw the umpire give a warning to both teams, then, Glaus gets hit and nothing happened…what gives..and let me vent …..that was an obvious strike Hudson threw, that was called a ball b4 the big hit that did him in…and oh by the way,,,Cox should have pulled Hudson when it was 1st and 2nd anyhow….

turkeycaller

July 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

Russsell Beard hit Ronny Pritchett with a curveball with one on and two out and Watson did nothing.

bigstack19

July 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

You have got to be F-N kidding me! Baseball is a joke and Bob Watson is the punchline. Next time they need to put it in his ear hole and at least get their money’s worth. Luckily the Braves have a crap load of lefty relievers who throw mid-90’s and probably won’t miss him too much.

Andy

July 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

Location?

Glaus was hit in the ribs… what’s the difference? I’d rather get hit in the back myself…
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Notice the ribs are not near the head. What Venters did was considered head hunting. Wether you like it or not thats what the league saw

gammons is a peter

July 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

Enter your comments here

Come Again?

July 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

This is absolutely ridiculous. There is no way Venters intentionally hit Fielder. Fielder was hit by 2 of our pitchers who are notorious for hitting batters. They just lost control like they sometimes do. This is absolutely terrible. And what about the obvious retaliation against Heyward and Glaus? Two players of ours who were recently injured? If anything the Brewers need to be punished. What a bunch of whiners. No wonder they are near the bottom of a lousy division.

Change Turner Field to Aaron Stadium

July 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

Wow, just one more thing to motivate the Braves to the playoffs!! Terrible call…all the punishment without any of the benefit of actually doing it on purpose.

Peter

July 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

Hey Andy……Venters is a Rookie, and wow I have seen him throw to the back stop on many occasions……..he is crazy wild……..

[...] know from my Twitter feed that Braves fans are irate over the four-game suspension dealt Jonny Venters for plunking Prince Fielder — oddly enough, nobody seems all that miffed that Bobby Cox also [...]

bud selig

July 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

my ruling is final. don’t hurt my team

schmeckdawg

July 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

Is Fielder the world’s largest/fattest vegetarian or is it just my imagination?

willie g really hates bill shanks

July 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

STUPID DAVENPORT

curley, moe & larry

July 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

Bobby will be right in the dug out door way, calling the game.
Someone else will have to yell at the batters, i.e: “come on Chip!”, “Let’s go Mac!”, “come on Kid!”

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