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Yadier Molina suspended one game and fined after Sunday’s ejection

Jun 3, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

Clint Fagan, Yadier Molina, Bengie Molina AP

Major League Baseball announced this evening that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt following his ejection yesterday. Molina has appealed the ruling and is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Molina was ejected yesterday after he was called out on a close play at first base in the third inning. The Cardinals’ backstop threw his helmet in frustration, which resulted in the ejection from first base umpire¬†Clint Fagan and a heated confrontation. Everitt, who was the second base umpire, ran over in an attempt to restore some order. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was also ejected for coming out to restrain and defend Molina.

It’s worth noting that Everitt told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he thought the contact from Molina was “incidental.” Still, MLB decided to send a message. The guess here is that Molina gets out of the suspension, but pays the fine.

  1. drycanada - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    This was a terrible ejection. Even worse than Harper “hands in the air” incident. Molina did nothing towards the umpire and it was obvious he was only frustrated with himself. Why are so many umps inserting themselves into the game? Umps need to start missing games and checks when they make terrible calls.

    • thetruth323 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      @drycanada I am an umpire and under MLB rules when a player throws equipment lime Molina did it calls for an immediate ejection. Bottom line is that the umpire got the call right and Molina acted like a spoiled little punk which he has done in the past. He should have received a longer suspension in my opinion.

      • hoppy1313 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        @thetruth323… an umpire… The best I can find in the 2012 Edition Official Baseball Rules is 9.01 (d) Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play.

        I read this to say the umpire has the authority to eject but doesn’t say he has to. There was a discussion about throwing equipment while being a batter but this was while he was a base runner. Yadi was not upset over being called out. He did not take off from the batter’s box with the hustle needed to get him to first base, possibly thinking the fielder could not make the play but when he did… He was angry with himself. I’ve seen him on occasion take his helmet off and act as though he was going to slam it to the ground but held onto it. In this case, as he stated, it slipped out of his hand.

        I agree there has to be rules but discretion must also be used. Umpires make mistakes, like last year that robbed a pitcher of a perfect game… The apology and tears of the umpire the next day did not bring back that perfect game.

        And calling anyone a spoiled little punk is not very adult… but then again, you’ve probably never made a mistake… other than the words you chose to use in this post.

  2. uwsptke - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    The severity is probably due to the fact that this isn’t the first time he’s made contact with an umpire.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      You may be right. I do think it’s notable, or at least mildly interesting, that when Yadier got a 5-game suspension for an ump-bump during the 2011 pennant race, he did NOT appeal, he apologized for his actions, and he and La Russa both said that they felt the punishment fit the crime. This was a different situation altogether.

  3. thomas844 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I think that looking at that picture alone should justify the one-game suspension. Dude had a crazed look in his eyes.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      The look on Yadi’s face immediately after the ejection was one of surprise and actually looked apologetic. Watch the replay; he was very calm until the umpire said something to him which turned this into a much bigger issue than it ever should have been.

      • thetruth323 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        How is slamming a helmet into the ground being calm?

      • danwilliamsmlb - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        @thetruth323: I didn’t say that slamming a helmet onto the ground is calm. I know my post was really long so you probably just skimmed it, but if you would take the time to read all two sentences, you would see that I was addressing Yadi’s demeanor after the ejection.

  4. tanzkommandant - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Fagan is a known bigot. The guy’s track record speaks for itself. Molina is another victim.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Evidence?

    • jwbiii - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Tanz, Fagan is a vacation replacement umpire. He has umpired 11 MLB games over the last two seasons. Last season he ejected Justin Ruggiano for arguing balls and strikes.

      Do you have some knowledge of his AAA reputation?

  5. mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Molina shouldn’t have been ejected, but I agree with the suspension. I remember in the past this dirty punk spit in an umps face

    • mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      is it the “dirty punk” comment that bothers people? Because he did spit in an umps face and to me that low.

      • mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        This site sucks. Just a bunch of pansies scared to post

      • paperlions - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Nah, you just aren’t worth responding to.

      • commenter - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        cards fans dont like anybody saying anything bad about molina. i got about 100 thumbs down once for referring to him as homolina. if it was brandon phillips they (cards fans) would be calling for a lifetime suspension

    • forsch31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Because accidentally spraying somebody with saliva while screaming at him isn’t the same as spitting on him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Wow…dramatize much? Yeah…incidentally spraying someone with spittle is the same as spitting in their face. Do the words…”say it, don’t spray” ring a bell?

    • hoppy1313 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      mudhead123… there’s a difference in deliberately spitting on someone and having spittle spew from your mouth. Spitting is intentional but having spittle spray out is not. I’ve done it and had it done to me. The definition of spitting is: to express hatred, contempt, etc., by ejecting saliva from the mouth. I guarantee you if I am going to spit on someone, they will know it was intentional because they will need something to wipe it away… and possibly the blood from the ensuing fight that may occur. And why is he a punk??? You too have lowered yourself to the level of seeming to be a child that needs a nuturing parent to calm you and provide guidance…

  6. rcali - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    For a catcher, Molina needs to slow down on going after umpires. Umpires will make bad calls from time to time. When you are depending on an umpire to give you that outside/inside corner as a catcher….you better accept the blown base calls. And for all of you going to the “his anger is a cultural thing…” good luck, this is an NBC site now.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Once more for emphasis: There is no reason to think that Yadi’s angry reaction was about the call. He thought he’d gotten a hit, and instead he’d killed a rally, and he was mad. And as someone who watches virtually every Cards game, I’m not sure why you think he “goes after umpires” with any regularity. He actually doesn’t.

      • thomas655 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Yadi was mad at Yadi, not the umpire. When he hit the ball, he thought that he had a hit, and basically was jogging out of the batter’s box. Once the fielder got to the ball, he began running at his full speed (which is not very fast). He knew he was out at 1B. He felt that he let his team down by not running at full speed and beating the play at 1B, which caused the Cards a possible big inning. I also watch most Cards games, and agree with fearlessleader, Yadi does not “go after umpires”.

    • forsch31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      As fearless says, Molina’s anger wasn’t about the call, it was about being unexpectedly thrown out of a game. Matheny was equally as pissed, and you normally don’t see him lose his temper like that.

      The last time Molina “went after an umpire” was 2011, two years ago. He didn’t have an incident before that one.

  7. fat4jc - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    as he should have been. Molina was doing everything in his power to get to the umpire. I saw contact, unintentional or not, he made a fool of himself.

    • mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Molina’s attitude is an embarrassment to MLB.

      • fearlessleader - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Yeah, a Gold Glover/top-10 hitter who plays with incredible intensity, manages an ever-changing pitching staff with amazing dexterity, hugs the rookies when they do well, is beloved by his teammates and fans, and has three (3) ejections in his eight-year MLB career is a huge source of shame.

    • manhandler1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Exactly. He totally went off the deep end. Guess he shouldn’t have JOGGED towards first when he hit the ball, Where is the outrage about that? he looked like to was going to kill the umpire and lunged at him over and over, Wonder how badly he would have injured the ump if nobody else had been standing there. Earth to Molina……grow up!

      • thomas655 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        That is exactly what Yadi was upset about. He was mad at himself for JOGGING out of the batter’s box before he realized that the fielder was going to get to the ball. He then started running at his full speed and was out by a step. That is what Yadi was mad about, not the umpire’s call (Yadi knew he was out at 1B), but his lack of hustle causing the Cards a chance at a big inning. His only movement after his temper tantrum was toward the dugout until he realized that he had been tossed. He then slowly walked toward the umpire to discuss. The ump must have said something derogatory toward Yadi, because he immediately became irate and everyone knows the rest. I would like to know what the league’s findings are as to what the umpire said to Yadi that made him so irate. But we will probably never know. EARTH TO MANHANDLER1- YOU OBVIOUSLY NEVER PLAYED A TEAM SPORT AND MADE A MISTAKE THAT COST YOUR TEAM THE CHANCE TO WIN, OR YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND!!!!!

  8. randygnyc - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Since when is throwing equipment, for any reason, not a suspension. 30 years ago, that would’ve been unheard of. Molina got what he deserved.

    • paperlions - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Since forever Randy. Until recently, throwing one piece of equipment has always been a fine, nothing more. 30 years ago the ump would have just ignored Yadi and nothing would have happened and no one would have remembered the incident.

    • forsch31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Um, throwing helmets after being called out on a close play isn’t common? What game are you watching? Been happin’ since the 1970s. Just ask Paul O’Neill.

  9. hojo20 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Nice neck tattoo.

  10. unclemosesgreen - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Let’s try to put this to bed – Yadi was pissed at himself for not hustling down the line – Everitt made a horrible selfish prideful foolhardy decision, and Yadi justifiably went after Everitt the coward. That guy should be facing a year-long suspension. Throw out a player for nothing – sit for a long time. That’s the only answer to the Joe Wests and the Everitts of the world. No one would pay a buffalo nickel to watch an umpire. Disgraceful.

  11. stevem7 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Joe Torre and MLB should be ashamed of this ruling. To begin with you have some fill in umpire tossing a player way too quickly. Then to compound the matter, 2B Umpire Everitt pushes himself into the situation, getting between the rookie umpire and the player thus placing himself in the path of where he had no right to be. It’s time that Torre (Whom I think the world of) and Selig retire and get out of baseball because they have no concept of fairness. It’s time we get some leadership of MLB that will take on this Umpire’s Union and get rid of almost 50% of the existing umpires because they are worthless and need to be sent packing.

    • zapainhurtzalot - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Umpires have the right to be anywhere on the field they please as long as their position doesn’t interfere with play. Everitt was trying to calm the situation by placing himself between Molina and the other ump. Had Molina taken his punishment (ejection) like a man and just walked off the field and then pleaded his case with MLB officials later, then this would be a non-issue.

      Umpires, referees, game officials make bad calls sometimes. It’s the nature of sports. Everyone can argue if the ejection was justified, that’s your call. But this is about sportsmanship. Pros set the example for the younger players. Kids watching athletes argue with officials and “going postal” aren’t a great example and explain a lot of the behavior I witness at my step son’s ball games.

      After all, he did “go after” the ump. What were his intentions? Who knows? Who cares? These professional athletes need to start acting like PROFESSIONALS and not 5 year olds throwing a temper tantrum for the whole world to see.

      Personally, I’d think less of Molina for not sitting out the next game and taking the suspension like a man. THAT would be a good example and a professional move on his part. Appealing it makes him look more silly than he already does in the video.

      C’MON MAN!!!! LOL

  12. shea801 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Mudhead123, boring 100 years on the north side of Chicago? You mad, bro?

  13. mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    What are you talking about Shea? Are you assuming I’m a cubs fan because Molina is a POS? I don’t even like an NL team and have no biased against the cardinals

    • hoppy1313 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      mudhead123… I agree, in my book Yadier Molina is a POS…. Professional Outstanding Superstar…. NOTHING LESS!!!

  14. brandonmauk - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The ejection was a complete overreaction but Molina certainly should have handled it better than that

    • forsch31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Pretty much. What’s bizarre about the whole thing is that when Molina first approached the umpire, it was out of confusion and disbelief. When Bengie grabbed him, he lost it.

      He bumped the umpire. Incidental or not, that’s a no-no.

  15. mudhead123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    @paperlions… You just did respond.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Mudhead, a quick search of your past HBT comments indicates that you’re definitely the right guy to be educating the rest of the world about “attitude.” By the way, for future reference—it’s spelled “douche,” not “doosh.”

      • jwbiii - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      • idefendem - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Folks, it seems a few of the bigger issues have gotten lost in all of this. First, umpires do, once in a while, get it wrong. So would you, so have I. Plays happen fast, umpires are human, THAT is a beautiful part of the game. Molina was just plain wrong regardless of the call, which I think was correct. How many children saw that reaction? hundreds? thousands? and some, perhaps many will be inspired to act the same way. I have called a few games in my day and the level of acting out is increasing at the younger levels of play. This is a GAME! one in which players make too much money and carry too much influence with the younger generation to be tolerated. If anyone thinks the Molina got it right and the umpire got it wrong should suit up and take the field for their local little league or pony ball teams. After 10 or so games, THEN tell me how easy it is to make the correct call every time. Multiply that by about 10 years and 10 skill levels and then tell me the umpire booted the call and Molina was just mad at Molina. His behavior was simply inexcusable.

      • fearlessleader - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        Idefendem, he wasn’t arguing the call, as many people have already posted. Yes, ideally, he wouldn’t have reacted so strongly upon learning that he’d been unnecessarily ejected, but the first disproportionate response belonged to the umpire, not to Yadi.

        Anyway, regardless of how you feel about this particular situation, Molina plays every game, works like a dog, takes a beating, is by all accounts an incredible teammate/mentor/leader/friend, and—once every few years—loses his temper on the field. “He’s a bad example for our children!!!” isn’t really a compelling argument to anyone who watches this guy conduct business day in and day out.

  16. mudhead123 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Thank you fearlessleader. I’m used to sites editing correct spelling of that word. Thanks for being a douche. I assume you’re familiar with douching?

    • fearlessleader - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:23 AM

      Why am I not surprised that you’re the kind of guy who thinks that “you’re a woman!” is an insult? As luck would have it, I AM a woman, but the only “summer’s eve” I’m interested in is the kind I spend watching my team of dooshbags and dirty punks win baseball games. ;)

    • hoppy1313 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      mudhead123… I don’t think there’s a person who has posted here today that has not douched… The word in German is for taking a shower… Just to bring you up to speed, The history and origin are:

      douche – 1766, from French douche, from Italian doccia “shower,” from docciare “to spray,” from Latin ductionem “a leading,” from ducere “to lead” (see duke). The verb is first attested 1838.

      @fearlessleader… thanks for sounding off…

  17. racnfreak - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Cardinal Nation should take a 1 game suspension with Yadi…..not by missing a game but buy doing something that shows support for the best catcher in baseball. The Cards need to make “KiCk ThE UmP” Tshirts and pass them out at the gate or everyone show up in the 2nd inning to send a message to Joe Torre if he does not reverse the suspension….Go Cards !

    • hustle4256 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Molina is a douchebag.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    As if the ejection wasn’t enough of a joke…now a one game suspension.
    This shit (umpires, MLB discipline, the whole damn thing) has went beyond ridiculous.
    Yadi just needs to take the day off and give his legs a rest. Do it now.
    Can’t hurt in September and October!

    • manhandler1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Is that why he was jogging to first?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        What bothered you? The September and October comment?
        Regardless…not sure what your point is. Did he jog out of the box? Hell yes. He thought he had a hit. Should he have hustled? Yes. Had he hustled…it’s a non-issue.
        But aside from that…dude ALWAYS jogs out of the box. He’s a Catcher!
        Show me a Catcher that always runs hard out of the box and I will show you a dude that won’t be Catching long.

  19. jm91rs - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I think any non-biased fan can see that the ejection was a joke, but the reaction to the ejection does deserve some type of punishment. Whether that is a fine or suspension, there should be some sort of punishment.

    I’m sure we’ll never hear about it, but hopefully there is some closed door meetings going on with the ump to tell him he’s supposed to stay hidden and stop making games about umps.

  20. hustle4256 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Molina is a douchebag. He should be suspended for a month. Look at the crazed look in his eyes. Deport him!!

    • thetruth323 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Great player, punk attitude.

  21. zacksdad - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Looks like a little Roid Rage out there. Uh oh, here comes the comments no proof, never tested positive, and blah, blah.

  22. thetruth323 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    It amazes me how many that post on here have no clue about rules governing player behavior. Slamming your helmet down is an immediate ejection, period.

    • hoppy1313 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      @thetruth123… if it is an automatic ejection, please tell me the rule number from the MLB Rule Book… I could not find where it states it’s an automatic ejection… I did find where umpires have the authority to eject… but it sounded discretionary… So, what is that [specific] rule number??? Enlighten all of us that have no clue…

  23. steeldominance - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Idiots abound in here. Every comment against Molina has either been by a jealous fan of another team (who wish they had a catcher of Molina’s caliber) or completely racist in nature. Zacks dad, it scares me that you are a dad. Zacksdad, so if a guy gets angry and yells at an ump, he is on roids? So every manager in baseball needs to be tested for steroids? Moron. Mudhead is 100% troll, dont feed him. Molina is the best catcher of his era and a surefire hall of famer. He will have atleast one more World Series ring under his belt and is a true Cardinal.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      You got their number.

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