Manny Machado’s One-Game Suspension Seems About Right

I saw that the MLB Umpires Association is pissing and moaning about the fact that Manny Machado only got a one-game suspension after his tantrum on Saturday, so I actually bothered to watch the video of the incident just now.  Seems mostly like a big nothing-burger.

Machado contested a third strike call on a close pitch, turning to face and tell off the umpire, and the umpire properly rung him up.  Machado then vented, which is to be expected.  There appeared to have been contact, but it didn’t look intention or significant, what they call “incidental contact” as Machado was venting his spleen.

Perhaps Machado could have received a two-game suspension for making contact and throwing his equipment around like a spoiled brat, but that seems like the limit given the circumstances.  As I see it, the umpire should have turned and walked away five or ten feet before turning back to face Machado in order to de-escalate the situation, but some commentary I heard on espn.com to the effect that Manny should not have been ejected because he’s such a big star is full B.S.  Everybody who has watched baseball with any regularity over the last forty years knows that the player gets ejected when he turns and faces to the umpire to contest balls and strikes.

I hadn’t watched the video until this evening, because the initial reports made it sound like a run-of-the-mill player gets heated about a close call that goes against him and gets ejected for arguing balls and strikes.  In watching the video that was just about all it amounted to.  I want my five minutes back.

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