CHICAGO -- Leading White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell has lost his appeal. His three-game suspension has been upheld by American League president Bobby Brown. He'll begin serving it today.
The impact is minimal. The White Sox ace was expected to start Friday in Cleveland. Instead, he'll go Saturday, and he won't lose any pay.
McDowell was suspended and fined $1,000 by Brown after an incident with then-Blue Jay Mark Whiten on May 19. It was sparked by a McDowell pitch that sailed behind Whiten, who charged the mound. McDowell has maintained that if Whiten (who received identical penalties) hadn't charged, there would have been no fight.
"His final decision was that the batter is going to dictate what happens," McDowell said. "We concluded it has nothing to do with [the pitcher's] intention. It has to do with how the batter responds to a particular pitch. It looks like it's turning into a little bit of hockey."
McDowell and Eugene Orza of the Players' Association, who was present at Friday's meeting with Brown in New York, agree the process is flawed.
"The whole system is kind of screwy," Orza said yesterday. "Somebody imposes discipline on you, then the review is conducted by the same person."