As is common for these types of things, there was an appeal planned. However, that’s changed:
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 17, 2012
There’s been quite a bit of talk about this suspension; given the fact that a helmet actually hit an umpire, it was thought the suspension would be longer. The fact that it was only four games might indicate that MLB thought that umpire Bill Miller’s strike calls on the pitches in question weren’t really right, either.
Lawrie dropping the appeal indicates that he thinks it’s a fair penalty — even if he didn’t intend for the helmet to hit Miller, the fact is that it did — and that he’d like to put this behind him. As noted in the tweet, Lawrie will miss Thursday’s Jays game against the Yankees and their three-game series against the Mets this weekend.
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