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Ozzie Guillen suspended two games for post-ejection tweets

Apr 29, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen AP

MLB announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for commenting on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Yankees.

Within five minutes of his ejection–which came for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko–Guillen hopped on Twitter and posted the following:

This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic

Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium

MLB’s press release notes that the suspension was also due in part to “his actions on the field” that led to the ejection, but clearly without the tweeting there would be no significant punishment dished out. Social media usage during games is prohibited, although Guillen is the first non-player to truly put that to the test. He’s a pioneer, really.

And as someone who enjoys his tweets, I’m hoping this doesn’t cause Guillen to retire from Twitter. I understand why MLB doesn’t want players and managers tweeting during games, but a two-game suspension seems rather absurd relative to, say, the multiple players who’ve received no suspensions following DUI arrests this year.

Guillen is expected to begin serving the suspension tonight against the Orioles.

  1. jupiter999 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    They should have let this one slide only for the fact that the grammar is that of a fourth grader.

    You know, do him a break. He don’t speak no good.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Boooo MLB booooooooooooo

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      I don’t like this decision. I BOOOOOOOOOOO you MLB. BOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Pie eaters unite!!!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM


      • Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        HURAHH! Now were are those pesky cake eating fools???

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 29, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        So…you guys are…um…mounting your pies…?

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM

        Cake eaters are not twits….or tweets…or tough guys show up a Yankee Stadium #DUH/

        Hey, where’s Alaska? Uppa U S

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        But, Len, Alaska is baked.

        Hello? Anybody? Is this thing on?

  3. Detroit Michael - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    If social media usage during games is prohibited, why should that prohibition apply to someone who has been ejected and is no longer allowed to be participating in the game?

    If Guillen was punished for publicly criticizing an umpire, that’s fair, but doing it on Twitter versus another medium shouldn’t matter.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 29, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Ozzie’s comments would be more appropriately written out and put in a bottle to be tossed in the ocean. He didn’t realize that there’s one closer to NY than Chicago.

  4. mogogo1 - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Technically, I’d argue that once he was ejected his day at the office was over and he could do whatever he wanted. On the other hand, this is a great example of how social media makes it even easier to fly off at the mouth at inappropriate times.

  5. mornelithe - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I think it’s getting ejected, and then complaining about it via twitter, that’s at the heart of the matter. If he would’ve been talking about anything other than baseball related topics, it wouldn’t have gone this way.

    That having been said, it’s an MLB rule, which they apparently like to enforce. DUI is a legal rule, that is typically ignored when it’s a celeb or athlete (at least when it comes time to sentencing). But, that’s what high priced lawyers are for, I guess.

  6. bigtrav425 - Apr 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Who cares about tweeting long as he isnt hurting anyone or murdering people! Hell im still not sure wtf tweeting or twitter even is

    • mornelithe - Apr 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Basically, MLB cares. It’s like talking smack about your place of business or your boss, in public or within earshot of another employee. It’s simply not professional conduct. Baseball teams, players, coaches, staff… etc… get paid exorbitant amounts of money and are expected to adhere to the rules (whether any of us agrees with them or not, remember, it’s not up to us). People get fired for trashing their employer. Plain and simple. MLB can’t just up and fire Ozzie unless the owner gets involved. So, this is how they handle punishments.

      • purdueman - Apr 29, 2011 at 7:07 PM

        But Ozzie didn’t throw his boss or employer under the bus morne… he threw the home plate ump under the bus. That’s more like publicly complaining about the performance of one of your business partners though, so no, I’m certainly not condoning it.

        The ball/strike calling in that game was inconsistent as hell and just down right atrocious. The problem, as I’m sure Ozzie would agree, is that for whatever reason MLB continues to simply look the other way when it comes to bad umps and/or showboating umps (like West).

        It’s high time that baseball start holding the umps accountable, and firing a couple of them (especially West), would be a step in the right direction. Umps simply should be seen and not become known as celebrities.

      • mornelithe - Apr 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM

        @ Purdueman: Yeah but umps are protected vehemently by the league, and most of us are aware of that. Typically when an ump makes a bad call that really really effects a game, they’ll make some kind of mention of it after the game. The problem with allowing everyone to start running face about the umps, is fan confidence. I already think Umps should be replaced with the electronic zone detectors (Amica is what they use around here). Bad day, good day, intentional or not intentional doesn’t matter. There’s too many errors in their judgement. Way too many. And the computer would simply remove that human error.

        But, as long as we continue to use humans to determine a finite zone….yeah, we’re going to have these problems (again, I don’t disagree with you), but the facts are nobody’s allowed to run face about the umps. Just isn’t allowed, and Ozzie should know better.

  7. purdueman - Apr 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Giving Ozzie Guillen access to Twitter is akin to giving a six year old boy who just put on the new cowboy suit he got for his birthday a real, fully loaded Smith and Wesson six shooter. Ozzie though would merely shoot himself in the foot over and over again.

    This is exactly what’s wrong with Twitter; you can’t take back what you post in the heat of the moment and it instantly becomes public to anyone in the world who wishes to view it. I just don’t understand who so many people want to live their lives in such a public fishbowl.

    Just the same, Ozzie is lucky to get off with only a 2 game suspension, as he should have learned his lesson from the mess his dumbbell son Oinky got him into using Twitter last season and again this offseason.

  8. luckywi - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Gleeman: I’m with you. DWI’s and no suspension, but Ozzie has a little fun, and boom, two games. That’s a little absurd. Of course, Ozzie doesn’t have the MLBPA on his side….

  9. 27xwschamps - Apr 30, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Ozzie !!!! Keep ur pie hole shut and win some games…or look into filing 4 unemployment !!!!!!

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