Over the last couple years, Major League Baseball has run the ad campaign, ‘Let the Kids Play.’ This has included commercials and posts all over their social media pages. Here’s a more recent post about the players showing emotion on a field:
Emotion is great for baseball, mainly because there’s always been a stigma to act like you’ve been there before when you do something good. More recently, Yermin Mercedes was thrown under the bus by his own manager for hitting a homerun. Here’s where things get sticky: Amir Garrett was suspended for being excited for striking out Anthony Rizzo. Now, I know what you’re going to say. But Amir Garrett seemed like he was yelling directly at Rizzo and talking straight to his face instead of being excited for himself. Here’s the video:
In response, MLB suspended Garrett 7 games, then reduced it down to 5 games. However, Jose Alvarado was only suspended 3 games, then got it reduced to 2 games after an appeal for this:
What is different about these altercations? Javy Baez jumps over the dugout rail to go fight Garrett, which is what incited the benches to clear in the first place.
So, if you’re keeping track at home: Garrett strikes out Rizzo, yells, Baez jumps over the rail to yell at Garrett, and Amir is suspended for 5 games. Alvarado strikes out Dom Smith, yells, walks towards Smith and throws his glove down to fight, and is suspended 2 games.
Please, MLB, if you’re going to promote emotion in key plays of the game to raise excitement levels and fan involvement, then you can’t suspend players for doing just that because the other team is upset about it. Secondly, when you hand out punishments, you can’t just suspend one person who was involved. If two players are screaming at each other, and one jumps the dugout rail to fight, there better be no one suspended, or both players suspended.