The?Major League Baseball Umpires Association has chimed in on Manny Machado's one game suspension and their statement sure is something.
The MLBUA used its verified Twitter account to tweet out a statement, and in the process used 12 different hashtags to get the point across. Hashtags such as "temper tantrum," "violence" and "make an example of."
#Disappointed #LeadByExample #NotAppreciated #Violence #TemperTantrum #Inaction #NotTolerated #MakeanExampleof #OneGameSuspension #RepeatOffender #Nonsense #MLBUA @MLB @Padres @Buster_ESPN pic.twitter.com/pkcW5O1SnB— Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) June 18, 2019
The statement in full:
Manny Machado received a one game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone's safety. Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders anre dealt with severly and even made examples of for the good of it's [sic]?employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?
Now, Machado could have behaved in a more professional manner. But the MLBUA's statement would have you believe Machado is a madman. The part of the statement that reads Machado had?"absolutely no regard to anyone's safety" is?hyperbolic and it's surprising to see a union?use such language.
Even MLB released a statement on what the MLBUA said (bolded part by us for emphasis):
"Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado's conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires.?We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence."
Let's look again at what Machado was suspended for.
Breaking: MLB has suspended #Padres 3B Manny Machado for one game for "aggressively arguing" and making contact with umpire Bill Welke in Colorado on Saturday. Machado will appeal the ruling. pic.twitter.com/ncksG4r8F7— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) June 17, 2019
First, the pitch was outside of the strike zone that was overlayed on Fox's broadcast so Machado had reason to complain. Second, he threw the bat to a place where no one was. No one was hurt by his bat toss. Was it needed? No. But it's common in baseball. Javier Baez spiked his bat Sunday while arguing a call and he was't even ejected.?
As others pointed out, umpires have been seen trying to entice arguments in the past. Where's the apology statement from the MLBUA for this behaivor if they view it so poorly?
MLB said in its statement Machado was suspended one game for "aggressively arguing and making contact'' with plate umpire Bill Welke. Machado denied ever making contact with?Welke.
"Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it," Machado said.?"You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it.
"He pointed but I was way too into the zone on letting him hear what I had to say on what I thought about the whole call. I didn't touch him. I didn't think I touched him. Video says it all. ... I think we've got a good case. I don't think anyone's ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes. I think that's a little too much, a little unjustified, but there's a process to this and we're going to go through it."
Machado appealed the suspension and is still waiting for a decision.