Major League Baseball has announced their disciplinary action for the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates fiasco from the other night. From Major League Baseball, here is the suspension list:
- Keone Kela – 10 games
Leroy JenkinsAmir Garrett – 8 games
- Jose Osuna – 5 games
- Jared Hughes – 3 games
- Kyle Crick – 3 games
- Yasiel Puig – 3 games
- David Bell – 6 games
- Clint Hurdle – 2 games
Everyone on that list also was fined an undisclosed amount of money. On top of those suspensions, Trevor Williams, Joey Votto, and Phillip Ervin also received fines for their involvement, but will face no suspensions.
Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer notes that all of the players have opted to appeal their suspensions, but that managers can’t do that.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 1, 2019
One of the most important things to note here is that it seems that Major League Baseball might finally be listening. In their release, it says this about Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle:
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has received a two-game suspension for his Club’s conduct during the incident and his Club’s multiple intentional pitches thrown at (Derek) Dietrich this season.
Hurdle, as far as I can recall, didn’t actually get into much on the field that night. He shouted with David Bell, but that’s about it. While it still feels like a soft suspension given the circumstances that literally everyone not wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates jersey believes are at the hands of Hurdle, it’s a little more than this particular writer expected, too.
The other big thing is that Keone Kela is only getting a 10-game suspension. He literally admitted that the threw a baseball at Derek Dietrich, on purpose. And that pitch was near his head. Call me crazy (I’m guessing that most of you reading this won’t – at least for this reason), but if you are admitting that you purposefully threw a pitch at a guys head, you need to be suspended for a very long time. In baseball terms, that’s a lot. But it should be a lot more than just 10 games.