Maddon on Dempster/A-Rod: No place for vigilantism
Don't expect to see Rays pitchers throwing at Alex Rodriguez when the Yankees come to the Trop this weekend.
Manager Joe Maddon said he disagreed with Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster taking matters into his own hands and hitting Rodriguez, who has been a lightning rod since being suspended for PED reasons and playing while waiting for an appeal to be heard. Also, Maddon said Dempster, like all starting pitchers who commit such an offense, should be suspended for more than five games.
"You know what, vigilante justice and unilateral decisions, I'm not into that stuff,'' Maddon said. "There's rules in place. There's a board assigned to make those kind of decisions. I believe in players' controlling the game itself in regards to what's happening in that game, and we always talk about policing that. But that is totally separate from the unwritten rules of baseball. So I do not agree with that at all. And, again, I don't believe in rogue unilateral decisions or players meting out discipline, whereas this is something entirely different.''
Asked if the Rays pitchers would act similarly, Maddon said: "There's no reason to. There's absolutely zero reason to do that for me. That's what I believe. I believe let the mechanism in place work and everybody do their jobs. ... Don't attempt to be judge and jury and just let everybody do their jobs.''