No supplemental discipline for Turris


No supplemental discipline for Turris

The Bruins have suffered another borderline hit from the opposition that will once again go unpunished.

The NHLs Player Safety Department announced on Sunday that there would be no supplemental discipline for Kyle Turris after he left his feet to deliver an elbow to Joe Corvos head in the third period of Bostons 5-3 win Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.

Turris was slapped with a boarding penalty at the time. The Ottawa youngster did have a hearing with Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Game Operations Brendan Shanahan, but there was no fine or suspension for Turris.

Corvo seemed to avoid injury after taking contact to the head before falling face-first into the dasher, and perhaps that played a part in the decision. But Shanahan said he was also convinced after meeting with Turris that there was no malice behind the forwards actions, and he has no prior history in the supplemental discipline department.

Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further, Shanahan said in a prepared statement. After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris' explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount of head contact that resulted.

We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play.

The Bruins will see Turris and the Senators again in a rematch Tuesday night at the home confines of the TD Garden.

Dustin Pedroia forgets own words on leadership after Matt Barnes throws at Manny Machado

Dustin Pedroia forgets own words on leadership after Matt Barnes throws at Manny Machado

Dustin Pedroia has some explaining to do. 

Maybe he can clarify everything. Maybe he called Matt Barnes on Monday to explain what he meant when he told Manny Machado on the field for all the cameras to capture, “It’s not me, it’s them.” 

But the most prominent voice in the Red Sox clubhouse in a post-David Ortiz world definitely has some explaining to do.

Let’s remember Pedroia’s words in 2012 during a radio interview with WEEI

The second baseman revisited famous comments he made about Bobby Valentine that season, when Pedroia spoke up in defense of Kevin Youkilis after Valentine was critical of Youk.

“I’m proud to a point where, you know, to be a team leader, you need to have your teammates’ backs under any circumstances,” Pedroia said. “I felt like Youkilis was kind of thrown in a corner by himself. When the top dog comes down on you that hard, you know, I felt like Youk needed someone to be there for him to have his back.

“I would rather have people calling [into radio stations] saying however they feel [about me] than for me to walk into work and have to look at Kevin Youkilis and have him say, ‘Hey, man. He didn’t have my back when I needed him the most.’ To an extent, I’m proud that I said that because Youk knows now that under any circumstances I’ll have his back. That goes for all my teammates. I love them.”

Under any circumstances, Dustin? All of your teammates?

Zach Britton questioned Pedroia’s leadership for the stupidest of reasons. Apparently, per Britton, Pedroia was supposed to prevent Barnes from throwing a pitch too close to Manny Machado’s head.

That was a silly shot for Britton to take.

But there is an actual, legitimate leadership question facing Pedroia — which is bizarre, considering he tried to defuse a bad situation, and that he’s the only player injured through all this.

Moments after Barnes nearly hit Machado in the head, Pedroia told Machado, “It’s not me, it’s them.”

Machado spiked Pedroia on Friday. The Red Sox tried to throw at Machado on Sunday in a failed attempt at a tit-for-tat exchange. 

But Pedroia distanced himself from teammates at that point. Importantly, per Pedroia's own words, he did not do so only because the pitch to Machado was dangerous.

Pedroia said if it were him, he would have thrown at Machado sooner after the initial incident, which was Friday.

The idea that retaliation has to come immediately is strange. Maybe some prefer it that way, but that’s not some sort of widely known baseball-ism.

It’s one thing to admonish Barnes for throwing high and tight. It’s another to suggest Barnes never should have committed the act in the first place because of timing.

Barnes was trying to do one thing: protect Pedroia. He failed. Did Pedroia fail at protecting Barnes?

No one in their right mind would suggest Barnes acted properly by throwing near Machado’s head. Likely, what Barnes meant to do was what most of the baseball world expected: continue a tradition of retaliation via plunking, not a beaning.

Should baseball outlaw retaliatory pitches? Without question, player safety would be improved if punishments were harsher — incredibly harsh — for throwing at hitters.

But it’s a separate debate. 

Baseball operates this way right now. Do not pretend Pedroia was attempting to be some sort of catalyst of change for the betterment of the game and player safety.

He said after Sunday’s game that if he had spiked Machado, he would expect the Orioles to plunk him.

“If I slid into third base and got Manny's knee, I know I'm going to get drilled,” Pedroia said Sunday. “That's baseball. I get drilled, and I go to first base. That's it.”

Barnes attempted that and failed. Pedroia embarrassed Barnes for that for reasons beyond the obvious sin: the pitch’s location.

“It’s not me, it’s them,” Pedroia said.

At the very best, Pedroia may have calmed the beef.

If he doesn’t apologize; if he doesn’t speak up during the game, doesn’t say he loves Manny Machado; it’d be a given that this fiasco carries over when these teams meet again next week.

It’d be automatic that someone else on the Red Sox gets hit.

Now, it’s harder for the Orioles to justify another volley, another retaliatory measure. 

Machado was not hit with a pitch. Pedroia was the only one hurt. He and Barnes apologized. The Sox screwed up, and very publicly tried to own it.

The one thing Britton got right in an interview with was his attitude toward what happens now.

“I think we’ve talked about it already, as a team, and we’ll see how (the Red Sox) choose to act,” Britton said of what comes next. “Whether or not they choose to act professionally or unprofessionally when we get to Boston.”

The Sox would be insane to further this thing. The Orioles would be smart not to.

Pedroia might have saved a ball from finding one of his teammates’ ribs. That may be worth a teammate’s temporary unhappiness. 

But Pedroia might regret his choice of words, and how he went about it in the heat of the moment.

“I love Manny Machado,” Pedroia told reporters Sunday. “I love playing against him. I love watching him.”

Does Matt Barnes know right now that he’s loved too?

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