Major League Baseball reduced Kevin Gregg's suspension from four games to three and made his fine easier on his wallet after the Orioles closer appealed the league's initial ruling. But Gregg is still frustrated that he is suspended as long as Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who charged his mound back on July 8.
Yes, Gregg and the Orioles are still talking about a bench-clearing brouhaha that happened 11 days ago.
"I talked to the league a little bit. I talked to the players association a little bit. But the bottom line is trying to do what's in the best interest of the team," Gregg said Monday night after the commissioner’s office announced its final ruling. "Ortiz is taking his time now, so I still don't think it's fair that we have the same fine, same suspension. But we're going to move past that point and get on with the season."
Now that the suspension is final, Gregg can do nothing else but move on from the incident. This should be the last time reporters ask him about the suspension. His beef with MLB is that he never hit Ortiz with a pitch -- he threw inside three times -- and that Ortiz charged the mound, forcing him to shoo Big Papi away with some shadow boxing moves; Gregg never landed any slaps or punches.
Meanwhile, four Orioles were plunked in Boston's four-game sweep before the All-Star break, including Vladimir Guerrero, who is on the disabled list with a fractured hand thanks to Kyle Weiland.
"You look at the whole breakdown of it -- we lost our DH for two weeks, and they lost theirs for three days," Gregg said. "So, no, it's not fair. But what you can do? You got to play the game."
And when the Orioles and the Red Sox played Monday’s game, Boston blew open a tied game with eight runs in the eighth inning against a shorthanded Baltimore bullpen. The Orioles lost, 15-10.
Gregg will sit out the rest of the Boston series, steaming away in 100-degree weather on the bench. He has voiced frustration with his suspension at least three times now. Should he be ticked off?
Your turn: Was the final ruling on Gregg’s suspension fair?