Rays: Crawford suspension "excessive"
The Rays felt the two-game suspension Carl Crawford received on Wednesday was too long. Crawford was also fined $1,000 for his outburst following a blatantly bad call at first base by umpire Paul Nauert in Monday's game.
"I think it's a little bit excessive,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "If you take the entire play into consideration and what motivated the reaction I think it's a little bit excessive.''
The suspension was to start Wednesday, but Crawford immediately opted to appeal it, meaning it is held in abeyance until a hearing is held, with the possibility it could be reduced from two games to one.
Rays officials said they didn't know when the hearing would be, but the Rays likely will not want him to miss games during their upcoming stretch against contending teams, as starting next Monday they play, in order, the Red Sox, Mariners, Angels, Red Sox and Yankees. It's possible he could miss games this weekend or the final weekend against Toronto.
"I think the overall response to the incident based on what actually did occur is a little bit excessive,'' Maddon said.
Discipline against players is announced; if there is any action taken against the umpires it is kept private.
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said: "I think it was an unfortunate incident all the way around. We called MLB to lobby on Carl's behalf and I'm hopeful through the appeal process his suspension gets reduced.''