MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has finally come out and suspended Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey for throwing at White Sox batter Yermin Mercedes. Duffey is expected to appeal the suspension, as most players do, but the suspensions usually stand.
It’s really too bad the White Sox hired a 78-year-old man to coach a bunch of players in their mid 20s. What a s*** show.
Duffey suspended for throwing behind Mercedes: MLB has suspended Twins reliever Tyler Duffey for three games and manager Rocco Baldelli for one game after Duffey threw a pitch behind White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes. https://t.co/OLgBl99pwd pic.twitter.com/xn7oYp8Jjl— JPDAILYSPORTS (@JCPGATA) May 20, 2021
Imagine getting upset that your own player swung 3-0 and hit a home run when the opposing team had a positional player on the mound, but then being “okay with” the Twins then throwing at your player in retaliation.
Whether you support Yermin Mercedes’ homer or not, we all should agree on one thing: Part of a manager’s job is to support and defend his players. In this case, failure to support the 28-year-old rookie resulted in a 95-mile-an-hour fastball to the back. You can’t have that.
C.C. Sabathia weighed in, too:
Warning on the language, but former Yankees star C.C. Sabathia destroyed La Russa for his failure to defend his players.
“𝙃𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙛%*#% 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢.” @CC_Sabathia didn’t mince words with @RyanRuocco on Tony La Russa and the unwritten rules of baseball. TUNE IN!!! New episode available now: https://t.co/kOpnCWxzKM 🎙 pic.twitter.com/tKnJhnEUCr— R2C2 (@R2C2) May 20, 2021
If baseball wants to grow this game, then they need to protect players from emotional pitchers. You don’t like that Yermin Mercedes took you deep 3-0 down 11 runs? Then be a better baseball team, and it probably won’t happen. Problem solved!
A generation of boomers wants to claim to enjoy “manly” sports where the players fight it out. Well, encouraging the participation trophy generation to hit an opponent because they can’t get him out isn’t “manly” either.
I still say the White Sox should’ve retaliated to defend against that type of behavior.