Angels' Torii Hunter reverses course on appealing suspension
Torii Hunter already had advised his agent, Larry Reynolds, to start preparing his appeal following the Angels right fielder's eighth-inning tantrum Friday night at Comerica Park in which his batting helmet came into contact with umpire Ron Kulpa's face and Hunter flung a bag of balls onto the field.
"I'm going to fight it," Hunter told reporters in the clubhouse following his ejection.
There wasn't much fight in Hunter a day later. He decided to accept the four-game suspension and undisclosed fine handed down by Major League Baseball after conferring with his agent, Angels General Manager Tony Reagins and Manager Mike Scioscia. Hunter will begin serving his suspension when the Angels play Detroit on Saturday and won't return until the Angels conclude a three-game series against Kansas City on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
"The more you think about it, the more you watch it," Hunter said, "that's not me and I really let that guy push my buttons, and I shouldn't have let it come to that. I apologize to the fans and to the kids out there and to my kids.
"I was terrible yesterday. I threw balls on the field, I said some things I wish I wouldn't have said and you have to pay the price for it. That's what I'm going to do."
-- Ben Bolch in Detroit