Amir Garrett of the Reds suspended 7 games after knocking out the benches against the Cubs – fr

Amir Garrett of the Reds suspended 7 games after knocking out the benches against the Cubs – fr

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett received a seven-game suspension Tuesday for “inciting a bench clearance incident” in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Garrett, who was fined an undisclosed amount, is appealing the suspension and remains eligible to play during the appeal process. Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for field operations, announced the discipline.
Javier Báez, who jumped off the canoe’s railing as he shouted at Garrett, was not suspended. Báez received an undisclosed fine.

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The incident started when Garrett pulled out Anthony Rizzo in the eighth inning. Garrett screamed from the mound and hit his chest several times. The Cubs viewed him as disrespectful to Rizzo; Garrett said it was a “pent-up assault” of his struggles this season.
Several Cubs players, especially Báez, let Garrett know their thoughts by yelling at him from the canoe. Garrett yelled at Báez while waiting for the next batter, then Báez jumped off the canoe railing and motioned for Garrett to come to him. The benches emptied but there were no punches or ejections. “I felt really good, throwing 97 (mph), slider down to 87,” Garrett said. “I felt normal, so when I hit Rizzo, I let him know. I let him know “I’m back”. I’m fine, here I am, that’s basically all it was.

“I turn around, take the ball and hear Báez chirp. So, I will answer. Its good. We weren’t going to fight because that split second where we had so much time to get together, I can get to him if I wanted to and he can get to me. We weren’t going to fight. We will exchange words, blah, blah, blah. The benches are clear, hold me back, whatever. ”

This is the second time a Reds player has been suspended for actions ahead of a bench clearance incident this season. MLB suspended Nick Castellanos for two games, which was confirmed after an appeal, as he stood over Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford while scoring on wild ground and shouting, “Come on (swear) ! ” Castellanos said the league cited health and safety protocols to justify his suspension during its appeal process.

Garrett was suspended for eight games when he loaded the Pittsburgh Pirates into a brawl on July 30, 2019.

“I had no intention of fighting (Báez) because obviously if I had wanted to, I would have gone looking for him,” said Garrett. “It was a lot of pent-up aggression in my performance. It is what it is. “

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Reds’ Amir Garrett discusses bench clearance against Cubs, Javier Baez

The benches cleared between the Reds and the Cubs on Saturday after Amir Garrett knocked out Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs players objected to Garrett’s howls.

Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer

Báez and Cubs manager David Ross criticized Garrett for his actions during their post-game talks on Saturday. “It’s not the way baseball is supposed to be, but I think it’s the style,” Ross said. “I don’t agree with that. I think it’s garbage, but he’s not on my team.

Báez added: “He has to respect the game. If he doesn’t respect the game and if he doesn’t respect us, then it will happen because he does it to us. He doesn’t do it to inflate his teammates. . He disrespects us. “

Garrett, who spoke to reporters after Sunday’s game, said he knew things weren’t going to get any worse, even when Báez jumped off the canoe’s railing and waved at him.

“Brother, he didn’t jump over the railing and try to come over to me, I can promise you,” Garrett said. “He jumped over the ramp, stood there and screamed. We are grown men. If you want to come and get me, you can come get me. If I wanted to go get him, I could have gone get him. him, but I wasn’t trying to take him there, it’s a waste of time and money and all that. “We can chirp and chirp and chirp whatever you want, but we’re just going to leave it there because you don’t want to go beyond it. Not with me.


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