Major League Baseball announced that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos has been suspended for two games for his involvement in the bench clearing situation against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Castellanos will be appealing the suspension.
The suspension announcement states the following:
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the fourth inning of Saturday afternoon’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Also fined, but not suspended: Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, Jordan Hicks, and Yadier Molina.
This begs the question of how? Nick Castellanos did not touch a single person. Jordan Hicks shoved someone in the outfield on the way back to the bullpen. Yadier Molina put his hands on Nick Castellanos, first when he grabbed him by the shoulder/neck area, and then when he lowered the same hand and gave him a little shove in the back.
Take a look at this photo by photographer Emilee Chinn who shot this one for Getty Sports on Saturday. One of these players was suspended and it’s not the one grabbing another player in his general neck area.
Find 100 non-baseball fans, (not including Rob Manfred) have them look at this photo, and ask them which player got suspended. pic.twitter.com/SJy7wBkafl
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) April 5, 2021
If someone would like to explain how Nick Castellanos yelling “LET’S GO!” is an aggressive action, but actually putting hands on the opponent is not an aggressive action, I’m listening. Good luck trying to make some sense of that, though. As we wrote all about on Saturday, trying to understand how Castellanos was ejected from the game but no one else was – we’re just incredibly confused by the reasoning and rationale here.
With Nick Castellanos appealing the suspension he won’t have to begin serving any suspension that may remain until after he has his hearing with MLB’s disciplinarian. That meeting has no set date yet.
Update: 2:50pm ET
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said this of the suspension:
I am disappointed that Nick was suspended even though he did not initiate physical contact. I am hopeful that when baseball is played with emotion, the players will be protected from dangerous and unnecessary retaliation.