Posted on Sun, Jun. 20, 2004
Tribe's Lee suspended for six games, appeals...
Cliff Lee has been suspended for six games for throwing at Ken Griffey Jr.'s head in the fourth inning of the Indians' 10-8 win over Cincinnati June 13 at Jacobs Field.
He has already filed for an appeal, which means he won't miss his next start, Wednesday night in Chicago against the White Sox.
The suspension is designed to force Lee to miss one start. The appeals process works one of two ways: Lee probably can wait until the Tribe's next trip to New York, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, to have his case heard at the offices of Major League Baseball or he can request that Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer, travel to Cleveland or elsewhere to hear the appeal earlier.
Manager Eric Wedge has doubts that Lee threw at Griffey intentionally.
``Cliff had a dead arm that day,'' he said. ``He was all over the place with his fastball. But the timing was not great.''
Griffey homered off Lee in the at-bat before the pitcher buzzed a fastball behind his head.
This is what our local paper..Akron Beacon Journal..wrote about it...and if you did see that game..as I watched it, and also being a Lee fantasy owner..he was all over the place with his fast ball and looked not like himself at all..Personally , I will more or likely get ripped on for this but, I think Lee was trying to throw inside, where the catcher was set up...and this one got away from him..Just my thoughts on it..