(Joy R. Absalon, USA TODAY Sports)
According to a report from CBSBoston.com, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will not be suspended for his outburst in Baltimore Saturday night. There was talk that he could be fined or suspended following his tirade on Saturday, but per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, that will not be the case.
After reviewing the situation today, MLB has decided not to suspend David Ortiz for his dugout tirade according to a source.
Ortiz was ejected from the game after making his feelings known to home plate umpire Tim Timmons. He was very upset after a questionable strike call on a 3-0 count and after striking out that at-bat, he yelled at Timmons and was ejected on his way back to the dugout. He showed two dugout phones no mercy, smashing them with his bat and then he charged the field where he was held back by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Ortiz said after the game that he felt “disrespected.”
“I got 17 years in the league, and I don’t think I deserved to be disrespected like that,” said Ortiz. “If you want to get respect from the player, you respect the player. That was horrible, both of those pitches — not one.”
“People are always focused when we snap. We’re not snapping every day out there; there is a reason why we snap,” said Ortiz. “You always look like the bad guy. I’m not the bad guy, I’m trying to do my job.”
Ortiz leads the team with a .329 batting average, 20 home runs, and 67 RBI. He crushed a two-run home run on Sunday afternoon in the third inning as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 5-0.
It is surprising that Major League Baseball did not suspend Ortiz. He showed up an umpire and of course charged the field and broke the phones. I can understand his frustrations on Saturday, but he is very lucky that he did not get suspended in this instance.