ANAHEIM – Major League Baseball handed down punishment on Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera on Tuesday for throwing at Brett Lawrie.
Whether you feel it was severe enough probably depends on if your blood runs green and gold or blue and white.
A’s right fielder Josh Reddick said he didn’t think the five-game suspension given to Herrera for throwing a fastball behind Lawrie on Sunday was enough.
“I don’t think it’s enough,” Reddick said Tuesday afternoon. “Five games for a reliever is maybe two to three appearances at the most. They could have blowouts for five games straight and not even need to use him. I honestly thought it should have been seven to 10, but hopefully the amount of the fine (is) enough to make up for the ground that didn’t get covered for the games suspended.”
Lawrie didn’t give an opinion on the length of the suspension.
“It’s not up to me to make that call,” he said.
But right after saying he hopes to move past the events of last weekend in Kansas City, Lawrie unloaded not only on the Royals for throwing at him but their home fans for their behavior during a weekend that featured six Royals getting ejected (counting players and coaches).
The chaos started with Lawrie sliding hard into second base Friday night and injuring the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. He followed up by texting an apology to Escobar that may or may not have gone to Escobar’s real number. Escobar has denied getting a text from Lawrie.
“If that’s the way that team wants to approach it, that’s the way they want to approach it,” Lawrie said of the pitches thrown at him. “A lot of other teams have noticed the way they’ve been playing. It hasn’t just been our team they’ve run into some trouble with. It’s been a couple other teams that Kansas City has run into. There’s been some tired stuff that’s been going on.
“There’s a lot of people around the league that have been watching the way (their) style of play. I feel like they definitely have a star on their back for the way they’ve been doing things.”
He also took the Royals’ fan base to task.
“That was probably the worst series of baseball I’ve ever played in,” Lawrie said. “I don’t even think you could call it baseball because it wasn’t. I’ve never been a part of anything like that in three days of my entire life. It wasn’t baseball. It didn’t feel like baseball.
“The way their fans approached everything, I hated it. The way their fans were antagonizing everything. I get a missed curve ball up (near) my head, and everybody leaps out of their seat like it’s a UFC fight. Shame on their fans for antagonizing everything that went on there, because it had a lot to do with it. And shame on the players on their team that went with it.”
Lawrie said he wouldn’t do anything different looking back on the weekend, starting with his slide Friday night.
“Not one thing. I did everything I needed to do. I reached out to the guy that I took out. I didn’t do anything wrong. They may say it wouldn’t have been a double play ball. But I don’t care what it was. It was a 4-4 ballgame in the top of the seventh inning. It was a weird play all the way around. Unfortunately they took it down the wrong path.”
Reddick was asked if he thought the bad blood between the teams was in the rear view mirror. The Royals visit Oakland for a three-game series June 26-28.
“Players take care of their own, and we take care of our guys,” he said. “We want to protect them as well. I’m not gonna say we are gonna hit somebody. I’m not gonna say we aren’t gonna hit somebody. But we’ll cross that bridge when June rolls around and they come into our place.”