Braves expect Venters’ appeal answer in 1-2 days

Washington – Dressed in sport coat and khakis, and flanked by his manager, general manager, pitching coach and agent, reliever Jonny Venters met with MLB executive vice president John McHale to appeal his four-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon.

The hearing lasted approximately 90 minutes. Venters was given a chance to speak as well as Frank Wren, Bobby Cox and Roger McDowell. Venters reiterated his stance that he did not intend to hit the Brewers’ Prince Fielder on July 17.

He pointed out that the pitch that sailed near Fielder’s head and drew a warning from the umpire was a breaking ball. Venters then hit Fielder with a fastball, and earned an automatic ejection, along with manager Bobby Cox.

“I just said that they could see it looked bad and the circumstances were bad, but I’m not that kind of player to throw at people,” Venters said. “Never have been.”

Braves video coordinator Rob Smith also attended the hearing. Venters said he showed clips of more than 30 pitches Venters had thrown off the plate inside this season, including four that hit batters.

Afterward, Venters could at least chuckle at the high number of wayward pitches.

“Unfortunately there have been quite a few,” Venters said. “Geez, maybe I should address this problem.”

 The Braves expect an answer Wednesday or Thursday, Wren said. The best the Braves could probably hope for is that Venters’ suspension is reduced to two games.

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Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

July 27th, 2010
8:00 pm

Way to toe the line, Venters! Not gonna say it.

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

July 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

that’s 2 minus 1


July 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

baseball players have very long recall..Johnny, I’m sure you’ll get to appear at the plate one day..Just hope it’s not against the Brewers!

Yo Momma

July 27th, 2010
10:03 pm

watch when venters hit prince fielder it was a 85 mile ball into his back and he made it look like it was 100 miles into the face HE WAS DANCING AND KICKING AND CRYING

Chin Music

July 27th, 2010
11:24 pm

These umps issue the warning way too fast these days, and it is unfair to autmatically warn both benches on one up and in fastball. It’s still baseball, let the players settle it on the field…it will work itself out. If it gets out of hand then warn them and then eject them. But when a player with a history of showboating celebrations hits a homer and poses for the cameras for a few moments, he deserves a brush back to send a message. If the other team retaliates for the brush back, then their message is sent/received as well….issue the warnings, end of story, play ball.

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:25 am

The only way I think a warning should be issued is if you actually hit somebody that way if they hit the next guy you know for sure they are doing it on purpose. he he

DC Brave

July 28th, 2010
9:35 am

Johnny, if they suspend you, get a Mohawk, take a drive in a car that has a mountain lion sitting in the passenger seat, buy a Harley, and throw at Prince Fielder. Do we play them in spring training? if so, perfect opportunity.


July 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Should have shown video of how Fielder crowds the plate. How many times has he been hit this year?


July 28th, 2010
10:49 am

hdh, that # would be 14. Most in the majors i believe.


July 28th, 2010
11:22 am

He crowds the plate, he leans into every pitch, and he weighs 300 pounds. The wonder is that he has ONLY been hit 14 times!

Boston Braves

July 28th, 2010
12:00 pm

Prince crowds the plate like as if he was at the Golden Corral for $10.99 Buffet!


July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

What I still can’t get over is the way the umpire threw his arm around Prince’s shoulder and walked him down to first place like he was in kindergarten. If players aren’t supposed to have contact with umps, looks like umps should keep their arms off players.

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