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Yadier Molina suspended for five games for spittlepocalypse

Aug 4, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

Yadier Molina

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included:

… making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle twice while arguing, in the top of the 10th inning …

Molina was totally out of line, but it’s nice to see that Drake’s selling of the spittle thing worked.  You just don’t see guys selling other guys’ moves anymore. It’s a lost art. Solid work, jabroni.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great if the MLB press release added to the Molina suspension these magical words, “But, the league office would also like to point out that Umpire Drake may be blind.”

  2. umrguy42 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    I’m gonna put the over/under on 3 (deserved for the bumping, I point out) games after appeal. Seriously? For “spittle”? I mean, he was yelling at him. It happens.

    • mella21 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      i agree..I thought the in game commentary by the tv guys was totally off the mark when they were chastising him for ‘spitting on the ump’. Not saying spittle didn’t get in his face, but thats what happens when you’re yelling. However, they made it sound like he hacked a loogy at him.

  3. thefalcon123 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Totally worth it Yadi! Arguing your way out of five games over one strike, thus leading to 5 Gerald Laird starts in your place, was a great idea!

    • spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      He will be missed, but it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The forced rest will be beneficial.

  4. Picked_Off - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I’d like to see more intense player/ump spats (pun intended). It seems like it’s been too quiet of a year so far. Player and manager blow-ups are part of the game. The game really could use more entertainment…

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Thank God it wasn’t the poopocalypse. I bet that suspension would have been lengthier under those circumstances.

  6. bloodysock - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    A player only gets one more game for a freak out ‘spittle’ and bumping an umpire than charging the mound and missing the pitcher with punches (Papi/Gregg, suspension later reduced from four to three games) or going brim to brim with an ump (Papelbon)?

  7. alexpoterack - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Jabroni! Cool word!

    • spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      I’m not certain of this but I believe it is an “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” reference.

  8. uyf1950 - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Anything think that the suspension won’t be appealed and ultimately reduced. The suspension process is a farce.

    Just to reinforce that comment a starting pitcher gets a 6 games suspension why don’t they just call it 1 start that’s all it amounts to. It’s hardly 6 games.

    • spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      Exactamente, mi amigo, a guy gets 5 games for vigorously arguing an obvious blown call, while a hurler fires one at the skull of the opposition with the intent to maim and misses one start. Good job Bud glad you have your priorities in order.

  9. fearlessleader - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Yadi acted like an idiot. But five games for letting some imaginary spit fly seems a bit harsh, considering that, say, Johnny Cueto only got seven games for ending our other catcher’s career by kicking him repeatedly in the head a year ago…..

  10. garyman1 - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    The worst part is that the pitch which made him go coo-coo for Cocoa puffs was not a bad pitch or call.

    • spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Are you blind or just incredibly bias. Just go to Cardinals at MLB, check out the game, they have a video highlight. The pitch wasn’t just inside it was four ball widths inside.

  11. skitd - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The worst part is gary man passed his dmv eye test

  12. philsfan1 - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Good. Maybe this will teach the younger players a lesson not to lose your cool. As for Tony, Shut up already. Hitting Braun WAS intentional and you know it.

  13. paperlions - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Throwing a ball 95 MPH at a batters head = 6 game suspension, starters miss 4 games in a row between starts anyway, resulting in a suspension of .4 starts

    Bumping and spittling ump = 6 game suspension of catcher, resulting in missing 6 starts.

    So….bumping/spittling is 12.5 times worse than trying to hit a guy in the head with a 95 MPH fastball.

  14. Bryz - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Thank you for calling this “spittlepocalypse” and not “Spittlegate,” because honestly few things the media does right now annoys me more than calling any controversy “___ – gate.”

  15. humanexcrement - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    And the other day he let a routine pitch bounce off his glove for an error. Then he got into a fight with a teammate. Something’s going on here.

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