Seattle Mariners outfielder Keon Broxton received a two-game suspension and a fine from MLB on Tuesday after he hit umpire Manny Gonzalez with his batting glove.
The incident occurred during Monday night’s game against the New York Yankees. Broxton was upset after a strikeout, then tossed his helmet and batting gloves. He tossed his batting gloves behind him and one hit Gonzalez, who immediately then tossed Broxton. Broxton said after the game it was an accident and apologized.
No matter, MLB issued the following punishment:
Seattle Mariners outfielder Keon Broxton has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing equipment, which contacted Major League Umpire Manny Gonzalez, during the bottom of the second inning of Monday’s game vs. the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Broxton’s suspension had been scheduled to begin being served tonight, when the Mariners continue their series against the Yankees. However, he has elected to file an appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Broxton will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
Broxton was contrite after the incident after the game, telling reporters:
“I take full responsibility for it. It’s a bad look. It’s a bad look for the organization. It’s a bad look for me. I definitely regret doing it. I’ve learned from it. Now I know. You just can’t do stuff like that. That’s not how baseball should be played anyway.”
Since Broxton has elected to appeal his suspension, he’ll be allowed to play until the appeal is heard. Earlier this season, Asdrubal Cabrera of the Rangers earned a four-game suspension when he threw his batting gloves in the direction of umpire Bill Miller. Cabrera was in the dugout and upset about a third-strike call.
The difference in the two cases is intent. Cabrera clearly meant to throw his batting gloves at Miller while Broxton was just upset and his batting gloves happened to hit Gonzalez.
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