MLB Announces 5 Game Suspension for Jimenez

Jimenez had a 4.68 ERA in 2011.

Just a few weeks ago in this space I wondered if former Colorado Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, now with the Cleveland Indians after the blockbuster deal for Drew Pomeranz and friends at last year's deadline, would come back to haunt the Rockies in some way. I stated that if he goes back to having his average season with Cleveland this year the trade would be worth it for the Indians.

As I'm sure you've heard, on Sunday Jimenez plunked Troy Tulowitzki. Rockies manager Jim Tracy called Jimenez "gutless" among other things. It was far from the usual from Tracy, whose frustration with Jimenez stems from his last season in Colorado as well as his actions on Sunday. 

Jimenez offered little to get anyone to take his side in this case after the game as he stuck with the standard "Just one pitch that got away" excuse, which hardly anyone is buying. Especially Tracy, who called for a suspension Sunday claiming that he threw at Tulowitzki intentionally. 

"It's the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there's any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don't want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn't get suspended. He deserves to be," Tracy said, his voice rising in anger.

Monday night Major League Baseball announced that Jimenez has been suspended for five games, all but confirming the suspicions that Jimenez was throwing at his former teammate. Assuming that was the case, it's clear that Ubaldo hasn't put his departure from Colorado behind him. 

He had an extremely tough season in 2011 that included an ERA spike, just six wins, a velocity drop and obviously culminated with the trade to Cleveland. It's amazing how much can change in a year, as Jimenez had won 19 games for the Rockies the year before. It's about time he put his time in Colorado behind him and focus on pitching well in Cleveland. 

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