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A day after Major League Baseball announced a one-game suspension for San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado, the MLB Umpires Association issued a scathing statement on Twitter.
“Manny Machado won a one recreation suspension for touch with an umpire over balls and moves and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat towards the backstop with completely no regard to someone’s protection. Violence within the administrative center isn’t tolerated, and offenders are handled seriously or even made examples of for the nice of it is (sic) staff, in addition to the corporate itself. Is that this really what MLB needs to show our early life?”
The tweet additionally incorporated a flurry of hashtags starting from “#Disillusioned” to “#Violence” to “#MakeanExampleof.”
MLB’s liberate Monday mentioned Machado used to be suspended and fined for “aggressively arguing and making touch with Umpire Invoice Welke following his ejection within the most sensible of the 5th inning of Saturday’s recreation.
Machado is interesting the suspension, claiming that he did not make touch with Welke. “I did not contact him. I did not suppose I touched him,” Machado mentioned Monday.
The Umpires Affiliation went even additional on its Fb web page Monday afternoon:
“Manny Machado used to be suspended one recreation for touch to an umpire all through a controversy over balls and moves, whilst violently throwing his bat towards the backstop, with completely no regard to someone’s protection. One recreation..one unmarried recreation. What sort of precedent is that atmosphere? It’s NOT alright to throw a mood tantrum and bodily contact somebody of authority, simply since you don’t agree. Violence in all offices isn’t tolerated. Length. Offenders are made examples of through being handled seriously; now not only for the nice of the entire staff, however for the nice of the corporate itself. An individual is given and granted a degree of coverage from abusive habits in any administrative center. A one recreation suspension for this kind of habits is a slap within the face of all umpires and a shame to the sport itself. Bodily touch merely can’t be tolerated, and the consequences want to be swift and vicious. What does this train the MLB’s immense and ongoing influential early life motion making an attempt to draw younger enthusiasts to the sport? Main League Baseball has to all the time lead through instance in all instances of violent habits, off and on the sphere. With that being mentioned, the MLBUA is awfully disillusioned in Main League Baseball in its disciplinary ‘state of no activity’ passed right down to Manny Machado.”