Major League Baseball apparently doesn’t want you to yell at anyone because Amir Garrett has been suspended for seven entire games for yelling at the Chicago Cubs last week. Garrett will appeal the suspension. Javier Báez lept over the dugout railing and challenged Garrett to come fight him and was not suspended at all. He was fined.
What an absolutely insane situation. One player gets a full week and the other player gets a fine. Amir Garrett didn’t hit a batter. He didn’t touch a Chicago Cub. He yelled “I’m back!” and Javier Báez didn’t like that and jumped on the field to yell back and challenge him to a fight. The benches cleared, but nothing really happened other than Mike Moustakas hugging Báez and keeping him from crossing onto the actual infield grass.
When Amir Garrett decided to fight the entire city of Pittsburgh he was suspended for eight games. Yelling gets you seven games if you’ve done something before. At least if you play for the Cincinnati Reds. If you play for the Cubs or the Cardinals you can grab other players, shove other players, jump onto the field and challenge them to fights and you just get fines.
At this point what’s stopping every opponent from just starting a shouting match with the Reds and having their players get suspended for responding by yelling back? We’ve clearly seen that if you are a Cincinnati Reds player and yell at the opponent that you get suspended.
Ryan Tapera of the Chicago Cubs intentionally threw a fastball at someone and faced a 3-game suspension. Major League Baseball is essentially saying that being a Cincinnati Red and yelling at some players is worse than intentionally throwing a baseball at a player.
The Cincinnati Reds organization needs to put out a release much like the New York Rangers did this afternoon.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 4, 2021