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.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?