Prior to the game on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants Tommy Pham told reporters that he had agreed to a 3-game suspension from Major League Baseball for slapping Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during batting practice on Friday afternoon. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was the first to report the news. Pham’s suspension began last night and will carry forward for the rest of the series against the Giants.

Yesterday afternoon we first heard about an incident that took place during batting practice. With each and every new bit of information that came out the story got crazier. Right before the game began, Pham was removed from the lineup. Shortly after the game had begun we learned that Pham slapped Pederson over something related to their fantasy football league.

There is now some video available of the slap.

Following the game the media spoke with Joc Pederson about the incident. From Pederson’s perspective it was all about the fantasy football aspect of it and the rules of the league that led to Pham’s frustration and ultimately the altercation in the outfield during batting practice.

However that isn’t exactly what Tommy Pham says led to everything on Friday. Pham said that some of it certainly was about the fantasy football stuff, but that Pederson also said some things about his former team that was disrespectful and it was also about that. Here’s the pre-game interview from Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer (warning, there is adult language used within)

Update: May 28, 8:30pm

Well, after the game on Saturday, Joc Pederson shared more information on what happened in the group chat….

18 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    So he can’t control his temper and the Reds play a man short against a tough team … SMOH!! (that’s Smack My Own Head)

    I got the 3-game over/under I posted on the other thread correct. Not that it matters at all.

    • MK

      Almora hitting better than him right now anyway.

      Interesting Shrock starting rehab with Bats tonight.

  2. LDS

    Just trade or DFA him and move on. I’d rather have Puig and his antics than Pham.

    • Roger Garrett

      I agree cause this type of veteran presence isn’t needed.I liked the signing cause I thought he may help the younger players and hoped he may having something left.So far I would say I was wrong in a big way.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Alejo Lopez did a good job replacing Pham yesterday, I expect he continues riding today again against Wood…By the way, the Giants tandem is based on two former 2019 Reds in Wood-Casali

  4. Joe P.

    Slapping someone over Fantasy Football? Has to the be one of the dumbest excuses for acting poorly that I’ve ever heard.

    I’ve been rooting for Pham, but that’s something I’m going to have trouble doing from here on out. Probably best to move on from him, before he does something worse. I guess he’s just a hothead. It’s a shame really, because the guy plays baseball with great effort.

  5. KevinH

    Listening to the video of him speaking and talking about “messing with my money” dude you’re a millionaire. Stop talking about “money ” I agree release him and move on.

    I have done dumb things in life. Over reacted, however this type of behavior in my opinion hides a deeper issue.

    • VaRedsFan

      Their prive pool is a little bit bigger than yours or mine. It’s all relative.

      • Kevin H

        I get what you are saying. My point though was seems silly to get all bent out of shape.

        Not to mention selfish to do this to your team

  6. Bill

    7.5 million for this guy, but couldn’t afford 11 million for Suarez or 10 million for Miley.

  7. VaRedsFan

    I find it quite amusing.
    It shouldn’t come to a slap. But it sounds like Pham didn’t like something he was saying about his former team/teammates.

    Joc might have needed slapping just because of his hair.

  8. LarkinPhillips

    After reading his personal story coming into this season I was rooting for Pham. After listening to him speak there, I can’t wait til he is no longer a Red.

  9. Melvin

    He’s a head case. Not good for the team. Unpredictable and untrustworthy. Stupid money spent.

  10. Optimist

    Just getting into the details about this, and saw this quote – “We’ve got too much money on the line, and I look at it like there’s a code,”

    Anyone else thinking we’ve come a long way from Willie Mays and Atlantic City? And that kicks off a whole train of thoughts, to mix metaphors.

  11. Jimbo44CN

    This is street tough nonsense. No place for it in MLB. I would rather see Alejo or Srock when he gets back. Also, as someone else said, Almora is doing a fine job right now. Would rather see him out there.

  12. Mark Moore

    I thought about this for a bit. I’m thinking he’s a complete headcase. I personally saw that in Chapman and was glad when he was gone (though he did go at way too much of a bargain). This is the kind of stuff that reveals character and it would appear Pham is a bit lacking.

    Revenge Tour my @$$ … 😮

  13. Maloney63

    I’m all for Schrock every day in LF when he comes back. Dump Pham.