Everything Normal at Dodger Stadium
These are quiet days at Dodger Stadium.
Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, fined and suspended Clayton Kershaw for five games and manager Joe Torre for one game for Kershaw’s beaning of Aaron Rowand to lead off the seventh inning in last night’s 7-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Additionally bench coach Bob Schaefer was suspended and fined for one game for coming onto the field in the bottom of the sixth inning and other “inappropriate actions” after Russell Martin was backed off the plate twice by Giants’ reliever Denny Bautista. Kershaw is appealing his suspension which will not go into effect until the appeals process is completed. Torre will serve his suspension tonight, and Schaefer will serve his tomorrow night.
“I really don’t have anything to say guys,” Kershaw said when he saw a gaggle of reporters gathering around him.
When asked if he’s surprised about the suspension, Kershaw continued to hedge, “Can’t say either way.”
Last night marked Kershaw’s first ejection in the Major Leagues and this suspension is his first for any level.
Kershaw did admit that he heard the crowd’s ovation last night. “It was great,” he said.