Major League Baseball suspended Carlos Zambrano for six games for his outburst on Wednesday, culminating in a street beating of the dugout Gatorade machine.

Zambrano does not plan to appeal the ruling and the suspension period begins with tonight’s game.

The MLB statement said the suspension was for “inappropriate and violent actions” on and off the field. Daily Herald.

The suspension is essentially the equivalent of one start for Zambrano, which leads me to this: it has always struck me as bullshit that suspensions for starting pitchers are always extended so that it causes a missed start. If a positional player and a starting pitcher do the *exact* same thing – bump an ump, say a swear, pee on a base – their suspensions will NOT be the same.

I get that if you suspend a starting pitcher for two games, it doesn’t have an impact on that starter’s games. But the team still plays with a 24-man roster for those two games. Same punishment for same activities. That’s all I’m saying.

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