Papelbon fined $5,000
|09.03.09 at 5:27 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jonathan Papelbon was fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball for taking too long in coming to the mound from the bullpen in Tuesday night’s game at Tropicana Field against the Rays. The Red Sox closer said it was the seventh time he has been fined by MLB for such delays.
“I don’t know why they keep coming after me. It’s probably because I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m not obeying the rules. I’m taking too long getting to the rubber,” he said. “You’re allowed 2:25 and I’m taking too long.”
Papelbon said he hasn’t sought an explanation and the fines don’t figure to alter his approach in the future.
”Nothing affects the way I pitch, man,” he said. “Nothing. Zero.”
Papelbon said the first violation drew a $1,000 fine, and that paying the latest one is going to be unavoidable.
”I don’t feel like I should have to pay them, but eventually I’m going to have to pay them,” said the closer, who estimates his fines now to be well upwards of $10,000.
“I don’t know, man. I really don’t. I know it’s a new rule and everything and they’re trying to enforce it. I guess I’m just the one they decided to enforce it on… A rule’s a rule. I don’t know who else is getting fined. I can’t say I’m being picked on. They may be saying the same thing to everyone else.”
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