Blue Jays’ Lawrie Drops Appeal of Suspension for Throwing Helmet

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for throwing a batting helmet that bounced and struck an umpire.

Lawrie played in last night’s game against the New York Yankees after initially appealing the discipline handed down by Major League Baseball. His suspension will begin with tonight’s home game against the Yankees and continue with a three-game interleague series against the New York Mets in Toronto.

The 22-year-old Lawrie, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, said his emotions got the better of him after a third strike called by umpire Bill Miller in the ninth inning of the team’s 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15.

Lawrie thought he’d been walked on a full-count pitch with one out when he was called out by Miller. He dropped his bat, then shouted and gestured at Miller, who ejected Lawrie from the game. Lawrie took several steps toward the umpire and threw down his helmet so hard it ricocheted into Miller’s leg.

“I threw it off the ground, it took a bad hop and it hit him totally by accident,” Lawrie told reporters yesterday. “I never meant to throw it at him.”

Lawrie is hitting .281 with three home runs and 17 runs batted in over 38 games this season.

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