Oct 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) confronts St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) during the third inning in game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was fined $5,000 by the MLB Friday for pushing an umpire during a scuffle with Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez during Game 1 of the NLDS.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
"Molina quickly pushed home-plate ump [Jerry] Meals when Meals tried to get between Molina and Dodgers star Adrian Gonzalez after Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch and the benches started to clear.CBSSports.com first reported Molina would be fined.The $5,000 fine is considered stiff by MLB standards."
Thankfully, Yadi was able to avoid getting suspended for his actions.
It does seem like a stiff fine, but it is Yadier Molina and pushing umpires is wrong. It would have been nice to see Adrian Gonzalez punished for instigating the whole incident. Then again, his team was eliminated from playoff contention and I guess that is punishment enough.