DISCIPLINE ISSUED TO CARDINALS, REDS

From Major League Baseball…

DISCIPLINE ISSUED TO CARDINALS, REDS

Major League Baseball has issued discipline to five players and the two managers as a result of the on-field incident that occurred in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his violent and aggressive actions during the incident.  Unless appealed, Cueto is scheduled to begin serving his suspension on Friday, when the Reds are scheduled to host the Florida Marlins.  If appealed, the discipline issued to Cueto will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Reds manager Dusty Baker and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa each have received two-game suspensions and undisclosed fines as a result of their actions on Tuesday.  Baker will serve the two-game suspension on Friday and Saturday as the Reds host the Marlins.  La Russa will serve the two-game suspension on Friday and Saturday as the Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs.

Four players have been fined undisclosed amounts as a result of the incident: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer, currently a disabled list player who came onto the field during the incident; and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris Carpenter.

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2 Comments

This is a joke. Johnny Cueto gets a seven day suspension for defending himself and the one who started it all, Yadier Molina, just getting fined. It just shows how the powers that be in major league baseball are biased towards the Cardinals. It is getting ridiculous. I hate the Cardinals. My two favorite teams are the Reds and whoever plays the Cardinals. I would tell Molina and/or anyone else on the Cardinals that I think their team is a joke and that it’s a good thing they are not as good as they think they are and I dare them to touch me. In fact, I wish they would try to touch me. I would love to get some of the money that they are overpaid for playing baseball.

Clearly, jrae is a biased fan. Absolutely Molina got in Brandon’s face; he is not without blame. But to say that he “started it all” is not looking at the whole story. First, Phillips definitely started it with his comments to the media. And then on the field, after he “greeted” Molina with his bat once and was refused, he went a second time. It was the second tap that got things going. Maybe you didn’t see that though. The first videos posted didn’t include that, but the ones up now do. In any event, I think it’s fair. You either punish both Molina and Phillips or neither one of them. I would have been fine either way. The RIDICULOUS part of this is that Cueto was suspended 7 games. You miss one start for kicking someone in the face with your spikes? I’m sure you have all kinds of excuses for him, but it’s completely crazy that he was kicking so hard and violently that that LaRue had to have stitches.

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