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August 10, 2005


An arbitrator has reinstated starter KENNY ROGERS and converted his $50,000 fine to a charitable contribution.

At issue was procedure and precendent. Normally, MLB veep Bob Watson metes out punishment and someone one hears appeals. In this case, Bud Selig himself determined the punishement and ruled on the appeal.

I thought Rogers deserved thirty days, and nothing has occurred to change my mind. I understand the reasoning behind the reduction, but the arbitrator's addtional ruling is galling: Rogers can file a grievance against MLB if he fails to reach some of his performance incentives because of the suspension.

Posted by Lucas at August 10, 2005 07:22 AM