Jonathan Papelbon: Speed It Up, Grandpa
This whole situation makes me chuckle. Jonathan Papelbon has been fined $5,000 by the almighty MLB for once again taking way too long with the dramatics of throwing his first pitch.
The newish pace-of-game rule allows pitchers 2 minutes and 20 seconds from the final out of the previous inning to toss their first pitch. Then, they get 12 more seconds to throw once the batter steps into the box. Nearly two-and-a-half minutes should be enough time for a closer to prepare himself for the one inning per game he actually stands on the mound.
The Boston Red Sox closer was also fined back in June for holding up the show, which he was none too happy about after the $1,000 he was charged for that mistake. Papelboner joked:
"After this, I don’t know, man. I think they’re going to call my parole officer and put me away."
At least he has a sense of humor about the situation. I'd be pretty pissed if I had to fork over Five Grand for being a slowpoke.
Papelboner has 34 saves in 37 opportunities this season, sporting a kickass 1.84 ERA.
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