The Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee was suspended for 5 games on Wednesday for throwing over the head of a batter. In Monday’s game Lee was ejected for throwing inside to Chris Snyder then zipping past his helmet with the ball. Lee was also fined by the Major League Baseball president of disipline Bob Watson.
“I don’t know if I was really surprised,” said Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu. “Major League Baseball, over the last couple of years, has really been bearing down on issues like this. I knew we’d hear something. I’m not the one who decides who gets suspended and the duration, but I figured something was coming.”
Lee who was acquired last december from the Phillies has taken a great liking to his newly found home in Seattle. It was said that The trouble between Lee and Snyder started during the first inning of the game. They collided as the pitcher was backing up a play at home plate. Following that incident,Lee was tossed after his two pitches to Snyder in the third inning.
Chris Snyder was asked earlier about the suspension of Lee and what he thought about it. “It’s not my call,” Snyder said. Snyder is right,let the league handle this situation by making an example out of Lee.