Major League Baseball announced that Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell and outfielder Jesse Winker were both suspended for one game for their involvement in the Reds and Cubs bench clearing yelling match. Cubs coach Mike Borzello also was suspending for one game. Joey Votto, the Reds first baseman, was fined for his involvement. The fine was not disclosed.

David Bell will serve his suspension tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. There has been no word as to whether or not Jesse Winker will appeal his suspension or not. The Cardinals are sending a left-handed starter to the mound tomorrow. It could make sense for Winker to “appeal” and play tonight against a right-handed starter, then drop the appeal tomorrow and sit out a game against a lefty and slide Matt Davidson into the designated hitter role.

8 Responses

  1. JB

    Would be nice to appeal it long enough to sit out fridays game 1 against Pittsburgh.

  2. Hotto4Votto

    Still unsure why they were even ejected to begin with, especially since Rizzo and the Cub pitcher were not. Definitely unsure what in the world would warrant a suspension after the fact.

  3. doofus

    Perhaps Jesse alluded to Angel Hernandez’s inadequacies as an umpire? If so, I do not understand why he should be suspended for proclaiming the truth.

    • Rick Holzen

      Hernandez is just plain awful as an umpire. The guy should be banned from baseball. Too bad the umps union is so strong as to keep protecting Hernandez’s job in the face of his poor performance over the years.

  4. Klugo

    B.S.
    But maybe it’ll even out. Our win expectancy should decrease without Winker but increase without Bell.

  5. Old-school

    Winker will drop his appeal tomorrow with a lefty starter.

  6. Jrad4reds

    I’m confused what the umps warning both benches meant when Antone threw over Rizzo’s head. When Shogo had a ball sail over his head, shouldn’t the cubs pitcher been ejected immediately? That whole situation is the umps fault for not following through with their warning

  7. DataDumpster

    Good to see David Bell back in fine form! If there’s one thing he’s good at, its getting thrown out of a game. Bell seemed well on his way to a record last year after 8 ejections before August (the seasonal record is 11 by Bobby Cox). But, I guess he got some self control after the Pittsburgh fiasco when he got suspended for 6 games and realized that is not the way to distinguish yourself as a rookie manager. However, that last ejection and suspension led to a rare hot streak as the team won 5 of those 7 games. A “greatest hits” compilation of Bell’s arguments over balls and strikes, a player being HBP in the rear, and some bench chirping are simultaneously hilarious, bewildering and scary. Bell probably would have taken out Clint Hurdle in a rage without restraint. Managers duking it out? All yea, Clint replaced Buddy Bell as manager of the Rockies some years ago when Bell was fired after a 6-16 start. Hmm, what comes around…