It was announced today that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos did not win his appeal with Major League Baseball over his 2-game suspension and he will have to serve those games when the Reds begin their series against Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now, if you are sitting down and reading this, that’s good. If you are still standing up, find a place to sit down because you are about to fall over in anger and a state of confusion. Nick Castellanos was suspended for two games for “aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident”. His aggressive action was yelling “Let’s *effing* Go!” after scoring a run at the plate while standing over a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who had hit him earlier in the inning with a pitch and then sat on him at the plate as he attempted to make the tag. Castellanos walked away after his yell.
That’s when things actually got out of hand. Yadier Molina and pitcher Jake Woodruff both came after Castellanos, who had his back turned. Molina even grabbed Castellanos by the neck/shoulder area before quickly letting go and giving him a little shove in the back.
Take a look at this photo by photographer Emilee Chinn who shot this one for Getty Sports during the game.
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 the day it happened, 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. How he was then suspended is more confusing when no one else was even though multiple Cardinals shoved Cincinnati Reds players.
It’s never going to make sense how this entire situation was handled my Michael Hill, who is in charge of suspensions in Major League Baseball. Nick Castellanos said some words. Yadier Molina ran at him from behind and grabbed him by the neck. One of those players was suspended for aggressive actions and it was the one who said some words.
I’ll just leave one word: What?