He doesn't know when to walk away after all...

Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2005 04:10 am
Ragin' Rogers
Injured Rangers pitcher goes off on TV cameramen

In this image from TV station KTVT, Kenny Rogers wrestles a camera from Larry Rodriguez of station KDFW before throwing it to the ground and kicking it.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers shoved two cameramen Wednesday, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break more.

Rogers, who missed his last start with a broken pinkie he sustained during an outburst earlier this month, erupted at the cameramen as they filmed him walking to the field for pregame stretching before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 40-year-old left-hander first shoved Fox Sports Net Southwest photographer David Mammeli, telling him: "I told you to get those cameras out of my face."

Rogers then approached a second cameraman. He wrestled the camera from Larry Rodriguez of Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW, threw it to the ground and kicked it.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound pitcher saw two other cameramen who were recording from the Rangers' dugout and walked toward them. He did not make contact with the men, who were backing away.

"I'll break every ... one of them," Rogers said before he was escorted to the clubhouse by catcher Rod Barajas.

The Rangers sent Rogers home about an hour later.

KDFW news director Maria Barrs said paramedics took Rodriguez to an Arlington hospital.

"He does have quite a bit of pain, in his shoulder and his arm and his leg," Barrs said. Rodriguez was treated and released.

Fox Sports Net Souhwest spokesman Ramon Alvarez said Mammeli wasn't injured.

Footage shot by Dallas-Fort Worth station KTVT shows Rogers pushing Rodriguez's camera, which goes over the photographer's head and falls to the ground. As Rodriguez puts the camera back on his shoulder, Rogers approaches again, pushing the lens away and having words with the photographer.

As players begin to intervene, Rogers pulls the camera to the ground and kicks it before walking away.

Rodriguez said that when he picked up the camera the second time, his intentions were to keep getting footage of Rogers.

Larry Rodriguez is transported by Arlington EMS from Ameriquest Field. He was treated at an Arlington, Texas, hospital and released.

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Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2005 04:20 am
The boy needs to grow up . . .
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Region Philbis
Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2005 04:39 am
he's 40 years old, fer cripe's sake!
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Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2005 07:05 am
I saw the footage last night. Surprisingly Rogers didn't go after the camera man taking pictures of him kicking the sh*t out of this poor man. This is the defination of d*ckhead!
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Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2005 07:23 am
Did he beat this reporter up? Why is he in a neck brace and on a stretcher?
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Region Philbis
Reply Fri 1 Jul, 2005 10:32 am
eoe, u be the judge.

there's a video here Arrow • Rangers' Rogers awaits punishment | VIDEO: Attack
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Reply Fri 1 Jul, 2005 09:00 pm
Rogers suspended 20 games for shoving cameraman

SEATTLE (AP) -- Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball on Friday for an outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation.

The players' union filed an appeal on behalf of Rogers, who can keep pitching until the appeal is heard.

"Mr. Rogers' behavior was unprofessional, unwarranted and completely unacceptable," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "Major League Baseball is a social institution and all of us in the game have an important responsibility to act with reason and good judgment."

Rogers, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday, was in the Rangers' locker room before Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners, but would not comment when asked about the suspension.

"He's not talking," Rangers spokesman Rich Rice said.

Rogers then walked out of the dugout past a group of TV cameramen without incident, staring straight ahead as he continued to the Rangers' bullpen in left field.

The suspension was among the most severe imposed by the commissioner's office for on-field conduct in decades -- only the 30-day penalty given Cincinnati manager Pete Rose in 1988 for pushing umpire Dave Pallone was longer.

Rogers was suspended a day after Texas pitcher Frank Francisco was sentenced to a work program and anger management classes after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault. Francisco was suspended for 15 games after throwing a chair at an Oakland Athletics fan last Sept. 13.

Rangers shortstop Michael Young said, "Any suspension of this length is definitely going to hurt our club because Kenny is our best pitcher. We're all going to stick by Kenny."

On June 17, the left-handed Rogers hurt himself, breaking a bone in his right hand when he punched a water cooler and threw around other coolers in the Texas dugout.

"We hope the suspension is reduced," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Hopefully, we won't have to deal with it until after the All-Star break."

Showalter said there was a chance Rogers would not pitch Sunday against the Seattle Mariners because of the broken bone in his right hand. Showalter said he planned to talk to Rogers about pitching with an injection in his right hand.

Rogers (9-3) hasn't pitched since June 22 in Anaheim. He was a 6-0 loser to the Los Angeles Angels.

Showalter said he was pleased with Rogers' bullpen session.

"It went well, as well as can be expected," he said. "Hopefully, he'll be able to pitch with it."

Pitching coach Orel Hershiser sounded optimistic about the chance of Rogers pitching Sunday and said he thought he was handling the suspension well. He watched Rogers throw 15 minutes before Friday night's game.

"He threw very well and was in decent spirits considering what's going on," Hershiser said. "He's very quiet right now. He's just focusing on what he needs to be to be a pitcher."

Showalter said doesn't think Rogers' suspension will be a distraction to his team.

Before Wednesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Angels, Rogers shoved two cameramen in a tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground, kicking it and threatening to break more.

"We've made it clear from the beginning this was an unacceptable behavior for the club," Rangers general manager John Hart said. "I know Kenny, as evidenced by his statements, has expressed remorse. The commissioner has spoken and we're going to move forward from there."

The incident was captured on videotape and led to KDFW cameraman Larry Rodriguez being treated at a hospital.

"While I recognize the relationship between players and members of the media may sometimes be difficult, there is no circumstance in which a player may settle a difference of opinion or a dispute through physical means," Selig said. "Media coverage is important to the game and we in baseball are obligated to treat members of the media with respect and civility."

Rodriguez filed an assault report, and Arlington police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said the case was being investigated as a misdemeanor assault. Rogers hadn't been interviewed by investigators and no charges had been filed Thursday.

In a statement Friday before the ruling, Rogers' attorneys said: "Kenny Rogers would like to make a statement. However, in light of the ongoing investigation, it is not advisable for Kenny to comment directly and publicly at this time.

"On Kenny's behalf, though, we would like to express to Mr. Rodriguez, Ranger fans, all baseball fans and his teammates that Kenny is truly sorry for the incident that occurred and regrets that it happened."
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Reply Tue 5 Jul, 2005 08:43 am
Yeah - he's truly sorry about the 50k.
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Region Philbis
Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2005 09:16 pm
i hope he does the right thing and stays home tuesday night.
attacking cameramen isn't very all-starlike...
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Region Philbis
Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2005 08:05 pm
ok, now this guy is offically a freak...

Rogers has another run-in
Pitcher jaws with cameraman after getting booked

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers had another run-in with a cameraman Monday when he turned himself in on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an earlier tirade against two cameramen.

The three-time All-Star, appealing a 20-game suspension and $50,000 fine imposed by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Rogers jawed at a cameraman for Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA as he was booked into the county jail. Just as with the incident that led to the charges, the exchange was caught on tape.

WFAA reported on its Web site Monday that photographer Mike Zukerman was videotaping the procedure when Rogers turned to him and said, "You're getting really close; you know that? Do you hear me?"

A few seconds later, Rogers again turned to the camera, saying, "You must be pretty proud of yourself, too."

After Zukerman replied, "It's just my job, Kenny," Rogers responded: "Yeah. Your job. That's just your excuse."

Rogers was not available for comment before Monday's game against the New York Yankee. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday at home against Oakland. and Rangers officials said they don't know if Rogers' appeal will be heard Thursday or Friday.
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Reply Tue 19 Jul, 2005 08:07 am
I loved the response he received at the All Star Game.
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Region Philbis
Reply Wed 10 Aug, 2005 04:47 am
Rogers reinstated Early
Arbitrator shortens lefty's suspension to 13 games

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kenny Rogers was reinstated Tuesday when an arbitrator ruled that commissioner Bud Selig went too far by suspending the Texas pitcher for 20 games and fining him $50,000 for shoving two cameramen.

Rogers will have missed 13 games by the time his reinstatement becomes effective Wednesday, when he's scheduled to start against Boston at Fenway Park.

Also, Rogers' fine will be converted to a charitable contribution. The ruling, by arbitrator Shyam Das, followed a hearing Monday in Chicago.

"We always thought it was out of line," players' union head Donald Fehr said. "Were we surprised? No."

Said Selig: "I strongly disagree with arbitrator Das' decision today. It sends the wrong message to every one of our constituents: the fans, the media, and our players."

"There is a standard of behavior that is expected of our players, which was breached in this case. The arbitrator's decision diminishes that standard and is contrary to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. In my opinion, the decision is seriously ill-conceived," he said in a statement.

Das' decision closes the case.

"In a lot of our minds, hopefully this is the last piece of putting it behind us," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

"I talked to Kenny. He's in an airport in Chicago, working his way back here," he said. "We've been through this situation with Kenny this year. It's something that we've dealt with and I think he's dealt with it real well, all things considered, and it's time to move on and get the focus back on getting people out."
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