New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi delivered a little chin music of his own, telling Major League Baseball in no uncertain terms that pitcher Ryan Dempster should be suspended for hitting third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Sunday night.
If Dempster is not suspended, it will be “open season” on A-Rod, Girardi told reporters (via the Associated Press).
In the Yankees’ victory over the Red Sox, Dempster hit Rodriguez with his fourth pitch, after throwing one behind A-Rod’s knees and two more inside. His 3-0 pitch plunked A-Rod in the back.
Girardi registered a full-throated protest immediately after A-Rod, who continues to play as the drama-laden appeal of his 211-game suspension, was struck — and earned an immediate ejection by home-plate umpire Brian O’Nora.
After the game, Girardi called for Dempster to be given a suspension with some weight, one that would cost him at least a start.
MLB officials are expected to announce any punishment today or Wednesday.