The Major League Baseball Umpires Association took to Twitter on Tuesday to call out Major League Baseball for suspending Manny Machado just one game for making contact with an umpire and throwing his bat against the backstop. The Tweet concluded by saying, Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?”
While I agree that Machado should have received more than a one game suspension, it’s hard to take a union seriously that continues to employ Joe West and Angel Hernandez.
Major League Baseball later responded that it was not appropriate for the umpire’s union to comment on player discipline just as it would not be appropriate for the players’ union to comment on umpire discipline.
“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.”