Honesty maybe wasn't best policy

May, 11, 2009
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Some problems surely will follow White Sox closer Bobby Jenks' comments that he purposely threw behind Texas Rangers leadoff man Ian Kinsler on Saturday night with two outs in the ninth. The fact that Jenks didn't hit Kinsler, although pertinent to the issue, won't deter MLB director of discipline Bob Watson from looking into the umpire's report and film of the incident.

An MLB spokesman said the situation is being examined.

If Jenks gets suspended and/or fined, he really won't have any basis for an appeal since he already admitted publicly that the pitch was intended to send a message that his team won't let its hitters get hit without retaliation.

In the hit-by-pitch department, the totals are six Sox hitters hit, one Ranger hit and one thrown behind with purpose.

Jenks gets admiration from his teammates for standing up for them, but admitting that he threw behind Kinsler will cost him some cash or maybe a day or two off.

Off the record, some players admitted to me that it's about time they got even for so many of their players getting plunked. One player, though, cautioned that in close games like the ones the Sox have been playing, the time and place for getting even was under question.

In the case of Carlos Quentin, getting hit by pitches often is the case of him standing on top of the plate and leaning over.

If I were a major league ballplayer, I'd want 24 teammates like the stand-up player Bobby Jenks is. However, this time around, Jenks' honesty will more than likely not end up being the best policy after Watson & Co. get through slicing and dicing his fate.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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