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Major League Baseball pretty much has to suspend Ryan Dempster, right?

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees is hit by a pitch in the second inning by Ryan Dempster #46 of the Boston Red Sox during the game on August 18, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Both benches were immediately warned and manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees was ejected by umpire Brian O’Mora. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Not an original thought -- I saw a lot of people including Keith Law say it last night -- but after Ryan Dempster clearly and repeatedly threw at Alex Rodriguez last night, they have to suspend him, don’t they? If they don’t, doesn’t every pitcher in baseball get carte blanche to throw at A-Rod too?

What’s more, if you don’t suspend Dempster in that situation -- a situation in which almost every other pitcher gets a suspension -- don’t you give fuel to A-Rod’s “Major League Baseball is Out to Get Me” defense his lawyers have been floating lately?

It seems clear, but I feel like silly thinking like this from Joel Sherman may prove pretty common too:

So now MLB may suspend Dempster, a tacit defense of A-Rod, who was thrown at because he is not serving suspension #Yankees #Redsox #bizarre

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 19, 2013


A “tacit defense?” Not sure how it could be seen that way. It would really just be a matter of enforcing the rules that have always existed. And, as we noted earlier, it’s not at all clear that’s why Dempster was throwing at Rodriguez anyway.

Strip away the drama and it’s a pretty simple situation: one player was acting in a low rent fashion, the other was shaking it all off and leading his team to victory in such a manner as it could very well turn their season around.

All Hail A-Rod.