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Not that we should be surprised, but Major League Baseball has denied the appeal of Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos. The two-game suspension was given after the nine-year veteran yelled, “Let’s ****in’ go” after scoring on a wild pitch. Worth noting he was plunked with a 92 MPH fastball just a few moments prior.
What happened to baseball? Just a shell of its former self.
The appeal on Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos’ two-game suspension has been denied, sources tell @kileymcd and me. He’ll serve both games for what MLB called “his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident” vs St. Louis in the second game this year.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 19, 2021
Manfred reportedly said his suspension was upheld because he “violated health and safety protocols.” So now baseball is essentially saying that you can get drilled by fastballs and you have no authority to defend yourself.
Castellanos had gotten hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, scored on a wild pitch and yelled and flexed upon scoring a run. The benches cleared — and Castellanos wound up wearing the discipline for the incident. MLB cited health-and-safety protocols as rationale for suspension.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 19, 2021
Wanna see a good ole baseball brawl? Our old friend, Nick Castellanos was in the middle of an opening weekend dustup. What are the implications from one of these in a COVID baseball world? Our John Keating and Craig Monroe examined the fight. #DetroitRoots pic.twitter.com/b7Xcwcl6LE— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) April 4, 2021
Games change, sometimes even for the better, but how is this sport progressing in any way? You can pelt hitters with fastballs that can potentially end their careers in the blink of an eye, yet according to Major League Baseball, it’s more catastrophic to get in the face of a man without a mask. Clearly they think it’s more reckless because Nick Castellanos is the only one who’s been suspended.
And to be honest, what’s wrong with screaming “let’s f’in go” in the face of an opponent? If it’s instigating, then maybe that’ll turn baseball into an event people want to watch? Baseball is laying an egg right now, and Manfred’s the chicken.