Good thing Lee missed when he swung at Padres pitcher Chris Young.

It's probably a good thing Derrek Lee’s aim was bad.


And that his overall character is good.


Whatever the reason, the Cubs first baseman was given a five-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Monday for his role in Saturday's fight with San Diego pitcher Chris Young that started a benches-clearing incident. Young also received a five-game suspension.


Last year, Cubs catcher Michael Barrett received a 10-game suspension after punching White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski in a May 20 game.


Barrett didn't miss. He hit Pierzynski square in the jaw.


There was speculation Lee, the aggressor in Saturday’s fight, was going to get a harsher penalty. Lee will appeal the suspension and be available tonight when the Cubs visit Texas.


Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Monday that he thought MLB officials were thorough in their decision.


"I try not to ever get ahead of the decision being made, but I do feel (MLB disciplinarian) Bob Watson and (baseball operations executive) Jimmie Lee Solomon, working with (umpiring supervisor) Mike Port, did give a lot of consideration to Derrek's character and his past impeccable credentials," Hendry said.


"On the optimistic side, I'd hoped it would be a little less, but I do think Derrek's good citizenship and the way he handled himself was a positive for him."


Will Lee play against the White Sox this weekend? It's likely but it all depends on a hearing date, which has not been set.


In last year’s incident, Barrett appealed for a reduction. The appeal was finally heard on June 19, nearly a month after the punch. Barrett lost the appeal and began serving the 10-game suspension.


Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry received a three-game suspension and was fined for "aggressive actions" during Saturday’s fight. He will serve his suspension starting tonight. Coaches are not allowed an appeal.


Padres players Jake Peavy and Brian Giles were fined for their roles in Saturday’s fight.


Young hit Lee with a pitch in the upper left arm. Lee headed toward first base and then exchanged words with Young. As the two got closer, Lee threw a punch that failed to land. Young fired back with a punch that also did not land.


The benches cleared, and after a lot of pushing and shoving order was restored. Lee, Young, Perry and Peavy were ejected.


Lee is the second member of the Cubs to be suspended this year. Earlier this month, manager Lou Piniella served a four-game suspension for kicking dirt and making contact with umpire Mark Wegner in a June 2 game against Atlanta at Wrigley Field.


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