The suspension for the Texas/Toronto brawl have been officially announced. I waited on posting, as the initial suspensions were leaked, drip feed style, one after another, with nary an official announcement from MLB, and when it comes to this sort of thing, I prefer to stick to official statements, rather than the uncle of the guy’s agent sort of thing. So let’s have a look shall we?
- Texas: Rougned Odor – 8 games (For the punch felt around the world)
- Toronto: Jesse Chavez – 3 games (For the HPB on Fielder after warning were issued)
- Toronto: John Gibbons – 3 games (For returning to field after being previously ejected and for inciting further violence.)
- Toronto: Jose Bautista – 1 game (For the dirty slide and post game comments that his dirty slide was completely intentional.)
- Texas: Elvis Andrus – 1 game (For “aggressive actions” whatever the fuck that means.)
- Toronto: Tim Leiper– 1 game (For returning to dugout after ejection.)
- Toronto: Josh Donaldson, Kevin Pillar, DeMarlo Hale – (Fines for aggressive actions and for being a replacement manger when your guy plunks another guy after warnings.)
- Texas: Matt Bush – Fined (For throwing at Bautista)
- Texas: Sam Dyson and Steve Buechele (For aggressive actions), A.J. Griffin and Robinson Chirinos (For going on the field while on DL.)
Bautista and Odor have already announced appeals. Andrus did not appeal.
Since 2000, Odor’s eight-game suspension for fighting is two fewer than the penalty levied upon Cubs catcher Michael Barrett for punching then-White Sox backstop A.J. Pierzynski in ’06 and then-D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy for starting a melee with the Dodgers in ’13 with high inside pitches.
Initial impressions? Fuck the MLB is some serious weak ass bitches here. I mean all around.
8 games for Odor, and only 1 for Bautista? What the fuck is that? Not only did Bautista cop to a dirty slide post game, but winded up to throw a punch. He was clearly just as much of an aggressor as Odor, and played just as equal a role in the brawl. And while I expected Odor to get a little higher penalty for landing the punch, that in no way excuses the actions of Bautista, which this penalty states loud and clear that if you are upset with someone for any reason, go ahead and try to end their fucking season and possibly their career with a dirty ass slide. Just don’t throw a punch. Good job managing player safety Torre.
John Gibbons three games for returning to the field after previously being ejected? Time Leiper one game for the same fucking offense? Laughable. That won’t do shit to stop anyone in the future for doing the same damn thing. Why even have umpires anymore if you are going to completely circumvent their authority?
Matt Bush fined? Please. This was the pitch that started the entire sequence. Clearly MLB believes he was following orders, but refused to punish Jeff Banister for ordering the throw. No consistency here.
So far the only penalty I even remotely agree with is the one for Jesse Chavez and even then I don’t understand why it’s so short.
MLB failed spectacularly here, to not only undermine any efforts at player safety, but to completely and utterly justify and reinforce terrible behavior. I don’t recall seeing such a colossal and total penalty assessment failure since Roger Goodell. Once again as has been shown in recent events, this penalty is more about PR than about curtailing any behavior. Odor gets the huge penalty simply because there were gifs and memes and a lot of chatter over the punch. MLB, you should be absolutely embarrassed, and the next time such an incident occurs, you have only yourself to blame.