June 12, 2009

Papelbon Fined for Pace-Of-Game Violation

Maureen Mullen of the Lynn Daily Item reports that Jonathan Papelbon was fined $1,000 by MLB for violating pace-of-game guidelines.
[G]uidelines call for between-innings time, that is, the time from the third out of one half-inning to the first pitch of the next half-inning of two minutes and five seconds for local TV games, 2:25 for national TV games during the week, and 2:30 for national TV games on Saturdays and Sundays.

When Papelbon entered Wednesday's game it took 3:34 from the last out of the bottom of the eighth until he threw his first pitch in the top of the ninth.
Papelbon met with Frank Robinson (now working as a special assistant to Bud Selig) before last night's game against the Yankees. He did not contest the fine.

I just got to find a way to get to the mound a little bit quicker and get my warm-up pitches in, and get ready a little bit quicker. ... I'm just a few seconds off the mark that I'll be able to shave it down.


Benjamin said...

Would he have gotten fined if he hadn't publicly admitted doing it?

Keep your mouth shut.

andy said...

Baseball is a game of rules.