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For an everyday player the standard 5 game suspension for misconduct certainly hurts both the player and the team as a whole. Whereas, the same standard 5 game suspension for pitcher doesn't even result in a pitcher missing a start (next game).

Why are MLB pitchers suspended with the same standard procedures as everyday position players?

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In baseball, any player can play any position (unlike, say, rugby where certain positions can only be played by designated players). This is why it has been possible for a single player to play every single baseball position in a single game. There is nothing stopping a team playing their normal catcher as a pitcher or a starting pitcher in any other position.

I think that MLB suspensions are equal for all players because pitchers are not officially registered as being pitchers. Consequently, the leagues do not enforce that a player always plays in a certain position. Therefore, MLB doesn't have the right to give a longer suspension to a player only because he usually plays as a pitcher (even though everyone knows he actually is a pitcher). The equal suspensions for all players is probably part of the collective bargaining agreement between the leagues and the players' union.

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You make an excellent point. –  E1Suave May 9 '12 at 10:53
@SigueSigueBen awesome, I've deleted my comments to reduce clutter. –  wax eagle May 9 '12 at 15:11
I wonder if Major League Baseball has ever prevented a player from playing a specific position via suspension. –  E1Suave May 9 '12 at 16:55
That sounds like another good question to be asked ;) –  Jacob G May 9 '12 at 17:42
@JacobG thanks :–) –  E1Suave May 9 '12 at 19:32

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