MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees.
Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the following:
This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic
Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium
MLB’s press release notes that the suspension was also due in part to “his actions on the field” that led to the ejection, but clearly without the tweeting there would be no significant punishment dished out. Social media usage during games is prohibited, although Guillen is the first non-player to truly put that to the test. He’s a pioneer, really.
And as someone who enjoys his tweets, I’m hoping this doesn’t cause Guillen to retire from Twitter. I understand why MLB doesn’t want players and managers tweeting during games, but a two-game suspension seems rather absurd relative to, say, the multiple players who’ve received no suspensions following DUI arrests this year.
Guillen is expected to begin serving the suspension tonight against the Orioles.
Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is heading to the bullpen, according to comments made by club manager Mickey Callaway on Saturday. As predicted, Harvey doesn’t appear to be taking the news particularly well, going so far as to tell Callaway that the decision has him “at a 10 with being pissed off” and that he’s motivated to prove himself as a starter.
It’s been rough going for Harvey this spring. After missing significant time to a shoulder injury last season, the 29-year-old righty returned to the mound with a lot left to prove. He pitched to an 0-2 record in four starts, issuing 14 runs, four home runs and 17 strikeouts in 21 innings. It’s been a while since the Mets have seen anything better out of their starter — he hasn’t turned in a sub-4.00 ERA since 2015 and hasn’t pitched well enough to earn an All-Star berth since 2013 — and now it appears they’re at the end of their rope.
At this point, the Mets insist that the shift is a temporary one. While Callaway has helped successfully convert several starters to the bullpen, including Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, that’s not the plan for this veteran right-hander. Instead, both the team and Harvey seem to view the change as a way to clear up any mental blocks Harvey may be encountering on the mound. “We know he’s healthy,” assistant GM John Ricco told reporters. “He’s feeling good. Then you get to, is this a little bit of a mental thing, a confidence thing? One of the things we talk about is getting him into the ‘pen, where he can have success in short spurts, get that confidence back and really let it go and get back to being a guy who can dominate the way he’s shown in the past.”
Harvey will be eligible to pitch out of the bullpen on Tuesday, when the Mets are scheduled to kick off their next road series against the Cardinals. As for his replacement, left-hander Jason Vargas will resume his role in the rotation when he comes off the disabled list next Saturday.