Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has been suspended four games and fined $2,500 for punching Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura after he was hit by a 99 MPH fastball, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. That’s half the punishment Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor received for punching Jose Bautista last month.
Teammate Adam Jones volunteered to pay Machado’s fine for him. Jones said, via MASN’s Steve Melewski, “I’ve got Manny’s fine and the rest is history. Manny is not at fault for nothing. You get hit with 95 or 98 (mph) and see what you do.”
Machado plans to appeal the suspension, per Nightengale. Appealing allows him to play in the Orioles’ four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto starting tonight, as a hearing would likely take place next week.
Machado enters play Thursday batting .303/.375/.593 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI in 259 plate appearances.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.