Ryan Dempster will sit out 2014 season

Ryan DempsterBoston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has decided to sit out the entire 2014 season. He has battled some neck issues that have made preparing for the season difficult, and he also expressed a desire to spend more time with his family.

“I don’t think I’ll be making any starts this year,” Dempster told reporters at spring training on Sunday, via WEEI’s Alex Speier. “The past few years have been tougher and tougher. It’s prevented me from doing the job I need to do.”

Dempster will turn 37 in May and is coming off one of his worst seasons as a starting pitcher. His velocity was nowhere to be found throughout most of 2013, as he compiled an 8-9 record and 4.57 ERA in 29 starts with the Red Sox.

From a team standpoint, Dempster has done the Red Sox a massive favor. They already have five solid starters in Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, John Lackey and Felix Doubront. Dempster was likely going to be the odd man out and may have been relegated to a long relief role. By choosing to sit out, he will forfeit the $13.25 million he was owed for 2014. If he could not pitch because of an injury or the Red Sox chose to release him, Dempster still would have gotten paid.

“I have enough money,” he said when asked about giving up the salary.

The Red Sox are still hoping to bring back Stephen Drew, and this could give them the money to do that and remain under the luxury tax. It obviously creates a great deal of flexibility. They were basically handed $13.25 million.

Ryan Dempster rocks plaid suit before trip to St. Louis


The plaid suit seems to be the wardrobe selection of choice for the 2013 MLB playoffs. Last week, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier made an incredibly loud fashion statement with some threads that we assumed were a Halloween costume. Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster went with a similar look before his team headed off to St. Louis following Game 2 of the World Series.

Unlike Ethier, Dempster decided not to rock a bow tie. The right-hander went for more of a standard Herb Brooks look, though he still somehow looked incredibly tacky. Sox fans should cross their fingers the plaid suit doesn’t bring their team the type of luck Ethier’s brought his.

See who else has been arrested by the LBS fashion police.

Photo: Facebook/Janet Wu

David Ortiz disagreed with Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterBoston Red Sox fan favorite David Ortiz came to the defense of Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday in the wake of the New York Yankees slugger being drilled by Ryan Dempster. Like many others, Big Papi felt that it was wrong of Dempster to intentionally target A-Rod because of his 211-game suspension and alleged PED use.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. “But we don’t all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It’s not that I didn’t think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone’s on their own.”

Ortiz said the biggest problem he had with Dempster’s stunt is that it put a man on base and energized an opponent in a game that the Red Sox would have loved to win.

[VideoRyan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez intentionally]

“We’ve got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment,” he continued. “You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.”

That is certainly a valid point. The Red Sox are currently a game ahead of the Rays in the AL East standings, and they dropped a game on Sunday night after losing to New York thanks in part to an angry A-Rod homer. But Big Papi probably should have stopped there.

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Ryan Dempster reportedly told writer he would hit Alex Rodriguez

Ryan DempsterRyan Dempster made it obvious that he was intentionally trying to hit Alex Rodriguez during Sunday’s Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game, but did you realize that Dempster likely had this planned for a while?

Ottawan Citizen sports writer Wayne Scanlan tweeted that Dempster told him he planned to “drill” A-Rod the first chance he got.

“Met Ryan Dempster in Detroit. Said he had issue with A-Rod and would drill him first chance he got. Man of his word,” Scanlan tweeted shortly after the incident.

Scanlan also says Dempster had a problem with A-Rod after getting snubbed by the third baseman.

“A-Rod snubbed Dempster at a public event. Dempster was not impressed.”

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Scanlan deleted his tweets, but they certainly explain a lot. There definitely seemed to be a personal motivation behind the pitches, and this would explain it.

It’s hard to believe that Dempster threw at A-Rod with such intent and wasn’t ejected, while manager Joe Girardi got tossed for simply arguing with the umpires. And like Girardi said, it’s awfully easy to hit someone intentionally when you don’t have to come up to bat yourself.

Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit’

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterNew York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected on Sunday night after he went ballistic when Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster blatantly threw at and hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose. Girardi had every right to be upset, as home plate umpire Brian O’Nara could have easily ejected Dempster for the stunt but chose not to.

“Ryan Dempster has hit six guys in the last 320 innings,” Girardi said, via the NY Daily News. “He threw the first ball behind him; intentional. He threw the next one inside, he didn’t hit him, intentional. At some point Brian O’Nora has got to give him a warning. And he should’ve thrown him out of the game is the bottom line.

After watching his team claw its way to a come-from-behind victory, Girardi did not cool down much. He blasted Dempster for trying to take the law into his own hands following the game.

“Ryan Dempster has been a player rep and has been very involved in the union,” the Yanks manager said. “He knows these guys, this is what they decided to do, so you can’t change it just take your pot shots. And you’d have to have your head in the sand with the comments that came from the other side not to know that something might be up. I thought it was handled very poorly and I was upset about yesterday because calls went against us that changed the complexion of the game. Then you have this. It’s just flat wrong.”

Girardi also implied that Dempster would have been plunked if it was a National League game.

“I wish he had to hit,” Girardi said, according to Newsday’s David Lennon. “That’s what I wish.”

Both benches were warned after Dempster hit A-Rod, which meant CC Sabathia would have been ejected immediately in an important game if he tried to retaliate. Some of Dempster’s teammates and even one AL East rival believe Rodriguez has no business playing during his appeal, but the Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place for a reason. You don’t have to defend A-Rod to defend his right to appeal.

Ryan Dempster throws at Alex Rodriguez, hits him

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterRyan Dempster attacked Alex Rodriguez with a purpose on Sunday night.

The Boston Red Sox starter threw at A-Rod three times before hitting him on the elbow and torso with the fourth pitch. He missed behind Rodriguez on the first pitch and inside on the next two before plunking him on the 3-0 pitch. Dempster was clearly throwing at Rodriguez intentionally.

Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora came out and immediately warned both teams, but there was a scrum on the field. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi flipped out and argued that Dempster should have been ejected for intentionally throwing at Rodriguez. Girardi ended up tossed.

In another GIF, Girardi can be seen yelling at Dempster, “that’s bulls—. F—ing p—y!”

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Tampa Bay Rays, teammates mock David Ortiz for smashing dugout phone


David Ortiz had an epic meltdown on Saturday after a questionable called strike and destroyed the dugout phone with his bat. It was easily the most dramatic outburst of the year, which is why people around baseball were having fun at Big Papi’s expense at Sunday.

For starters, NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell tweeted the photos you see above of Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster and outfielder Jonny Gomes rigging up a cup phone system in an attempt to repair the damage that Ortiz caused.

Word also spread quickly around the AL East. The Red Sox are visiting Tampa Bay on Sept. 10, and the Rays are apparently already preparing accordingly.

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