Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett has had his suspension reduced from seven games to five games by Major League Baseball. The left-handed reliever appealed his suspension this past week after he was handed a seven game suspension for “inciting a bench clearing incident” with the Chicago Cubs. Despite no punches being thrown, and Garrett touching absolutely no one, he was the only player suspended for his “involvement” and somehow got a week’s worth. Garrett will begin serving the suspension tonight, and assuming there are no postponements, he should return on Sunday in Colorado. The Reds will be playing with a 25-man roster until he returns.
Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez, who jumped over the railing of the Cubs dugout and walked onto the field to challenge Garrett to a fight was not suspended, but was instead given an undisclosed fine for his actions.
The punishment doesn’t seem to fit the crime. Garrett didn’t throw a baseball at anyone. He didn’t even truly confront anyone on the field. He simply yelled some words that may or may not even have been directed at anyone on the Cubs before the Cubs came onto the field. Ryan Tepera threw behind Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff back in April and said “I chose to do it and send a message the way I did” after the game. He literally threw a baseball at someone, on purpose, admitted it, and got suspended for three games. Garrett was initially suspended for a week because he screamed some words.
Michael Hill has taken over as the person in charge of on-field discipline this year for Major League Baseball. The former front office employee for the Miami Marlins has not exactly been consistent with his rulings, and it’s certainly felt like he’s been extra harsh on the Cincinnati Reds between how the Nick Castellanos suspension was handled given that multiple Cardinals players were seen pushing Reds players while Castellanos never touched anyone and he was the only one suspended, as well as the Garrett situation now.