St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina suspended one game for defending himself
The news was just released that the St. Louis Cardinals’ catcher has received a one-game suspension following the altercation at the hands of the Arizona manager.
The St. Louis Cardinals could be forced to face one game without Yadier Molina behind the plate. Molina received a one-game suspension from MLB following the broo-ha-ha wherein the Arizona manager – Torey Lovullo – called him an expletive causing him to rage (then sheepishly acted as though he had done no wrong [Lovullo, not Molina]).
According to reports, Molina received a one-game suspension and no fine while the Arizona manager received a one-game suspension AND an undisclosed fine.
Does this feel right to you? It does not feel right to me. I’m not saying that Yadi shouldn’t be suspended- although a major part of me feels that he shouldn’t be suspended- but I am saying that the severity that Yadi faces should be far less than that of Lovullo.
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Before I dive down that rabbit hole, let me share the rest of the news. Apparently, Molina is appealing his suspension effective today such that he will be in the lineup tonight (Tuesday) facing the Brewers. If his appeal is upheld, then his suspension goes away. If his appeal is denied, then he will serve the suspension tomorrow (Wednesday) when it was assumed that he was going to get an off day anyway.
I have yet to see any news on whether Lovullo will appeal, if he can appeal, and/or if he and when he will serve his suspension.
Now back to my reaction. I’m ticked. Like I said above, I would be fine with Molina receiving a punishment so long as that punishment was less severe than the one that MLB slapped upon Lovullo. That isn’t really the case here. And that is not okay with me.
What do you think? Should Molina have received the punishment that he did? Will the St. Louis Cardinals miss him during his suspension (if he has to serve it?). Thanks for reading!