Major League Baseball has come down with a set of suspensions for the incident between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Two players will be suspended – Yasiel Puig gets 2 games, and Chris Archer gets 5 games. Manager David Bell is also facing a 1-game suspension. Both Yasiel Puig and David Bell will begin to serve their suspensions tonight.
Brace yourself because I am about to go on a rant here. This is outright ridiculous. Chris Archer threw a baseball at someone on purpose out of anger. He is basically being fined a game check for 5 days, because the Pirates are just going to shuffle their rotation and he’ll start on the 6th day instead of the 5th day. He’s literally not going to miss a single game that he was scheduled to make. One of those games, however, will be pushed back a day. Just like it would be if he had some bad street tacos the night before a start.
But, the manager who yelled at the umpire over the fact that Chris Archer threw a baseball at someone on purpose? Yeah, he’s actually going to miss a game. And Yasiel Puig, who also didn’t throw a baseball at someone on purpose, he’s going to actually miss two games.
Chris Archer won’t miss any actual games. The Pittsburgh Pirates as a team aren’t facing any real repercussions for his “suspension”. The Cincinnati Reds, however, who threw zero punches, had their player thrown at, and a manger who yelled because their player was thrown at, actually do face real repercussions over the incident. And it’s absolutely bat-crap kind of crazy that this is how it’s playing out.
Major League Baseball is basically saying that it’s perfectly fine for pitchers to continue to throw at hitters on purpose. But that they aren’t exactly ok with a manager yelling at an umpire when it happens, or a player coming out of the dugout ready to fight an entire city over it, but not actually doing so.