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Yadier Molina drops one-game suspension appeal

Jun 5, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has officially dropped his appeal and will serve his one-game suspension on Wednesday night in St. Louis.

Molina caught all 14 innings of Tuesday’s 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks, so he was probably going to rest this evening anyway. Tony Cruz will get the start in his place and utilityman Ty Wigginton will serve as the Cardinals’ emergency backup behind the plate.

Yadi was handed the one-game suspension on Monday after making contact with two umpires following a close call at first base in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Molina claimed after that game that he was upset with himself for not executing and not with the first base umpire’s call (which was a correct call), but fighting a one-game sentence is sort of pointless.

  1. danwilliamsmlb - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Very smart move. It takes away the chance for a pinch hit appearance late in the game, but keeps him in the lineup for Cincinnati this weekend, which is much more important.

  2. watchfullhose - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    He was so upset with himself for not executing that he decided to completely lose his mind on two umpires.

    He really holds himself to a high standard. Looks like he expects the umps to hold him to a high standard too.

    • beebopthearcher - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      He was so upset with himself for not executing that he decided to completely lose his mind on two umpires.

      Umm…that was some asinine spin. I believe he was upset over being ejected for throwing down his helment…which is pretty obvious. But I understand, you have a silly, false narrative you want to build in your mind instead. Let’s not let things such as facts get in the way of that.

  3. dan1111 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    “fighting a one-game sentence is sort of pointless”.

    What is really pointless is a one-game suspension for a catcher, when they regularly take days off anyway. Appealing the sentence is quite pointful, because it allows you to schedule the day off whenever you want.

    • stex52 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      “Pointful.” I like that. May I borrow it?

      • dan1111 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Yeah, just return it in one piece.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Glad he dropped the appeal. Dude catches virtually every inning. You can’t keep him off the field.
    The rest will be well deserved…especially after the 14 inning game.

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