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Jenks punishment handed down

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05-world-series-game-4-bobby-jenks-a-j-pierzynski-celebrate-posters.jpgCLEVELAND - Bobby Jenks hasn't gotten any lighter this season, but on Tuesday his pockets did.
The White Sox closer was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball in the wake of a Saturday incident in which Jenks threw a pitch behind Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, and then afterward admitted to reporters that he had done it on purpose to send a message.
Considering Sox hitters had been hit by the Rangers six times in four games this season, Jenks felt they were due. And while both teams were warned after the Jenks pitch, the league took a closer look at the pitch and deemed it fine worthy.
"I figure they're going to do what they're going to do, anyway,'' Jenks said. "My job is to go out there and pitch, and then I'll go out there and hopefully get the save.''
The club was relieved that a fine was all he received, avoiding any missed time because of a possible suspension.
"I was pretty pleased,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The way baseball is going right now, they've been severe with fines and suspending people. I think they did what they were supposed to do. Hopefully, this thing stays here and we don't have to deal with it. But they did what they were supposed to do.''
There was one report that had the fine at $750, but Jenks wanted to keep it mum and just move on.
"I go out there and do my job,'' Jenks said. "They go out there and do their job. The front office is going to do their job. That's how I look at it."
"But obviously, I'm happy about not being suspended. Just for the fact if it turns into a situation where we needed an extra pitcher out there that day. For those reasons, yes [it worked out].''

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I think that the fans should get together and take up a collection to pay the fine. I know that Bobby doesn't need it, but it would show how we appreciate his move on stepping up to try and stop this nonsense with so many of our players getting hit and the league and the umpires sitting on their hands. I honestly believe that the umpires still have a problem with our team because we tend to speak honestly about situations (bad calls, inconsistent balls/strikes, etc.)and they don't like being called on it. The league won't do anything until it becomes a major issue and then all of a sudden they act like they are on top of it.
I hate to say it but if this continues there will be a time where the umpires will be eliminated from calls behind the plate and it will be left to computers and electronics. It is sad but with the growing problem with calls (not only our team complains) it may happen.

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