Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig, manager David Bell and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer received suspensions and undisclosed fines from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for their roles in Sunday's benches-clearing incident.
Puig received a two-game suspension for "aggressive actions during the incident," which he will serve immediately. Bell was suspended for one game for his "aggressive actions" and he will miss Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins.
Archer will appeal his five-game suspension for "intentionally throwing a pitch at Derek Dietrich." He remains eligible to play during his appeal.
After Archer threw a pitch behind Dietrich in the fourth inning Sunday at PNC Park, Bell ran onto the field to argue with home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. Puig followed about 10 seconds later and talked to Archer near the mound while the dugouts and bullpens quickly cleared.
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Puig was restrained by Joey Votto and Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera for about two minutes. He wasn’t planning to do anything more, he said, until he heard Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli say something to him. Puig ran around Votto and Cabrera and rushed past Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart before colliding with Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and a group of Pirates players.
“When I’m looking that way, (Cervelli) starts yelling something,” Puig said Sunday. “I run into him – I run that way to see what happens. But I don’t throw any punch. Two minutes later, the (ump) threw me out of the game.”
Cincinnati Reds' Yasiel Puig (66) pulls away from Tucker Barnhart (16) as he attempts to re-enter a bench clearing during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Puig received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for inciting a benches-clearing incident last season against the San Francisco Giants. Puig, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, expressed frustration after fouling off a pitch. Giants catcher Nick Hundley stood up and said something to Puig before both players shoved each other. Both players were ejected from that game in August.
In 2017, MLB rescinded a one-game suspension to Puig for an obscene gesture toward Cleveland Indians fans following a home run. Puig, who made a charitable donation instead of the suspension, said afterward that he “stooped” to the level of the fans who were heckling him.
After Sunday’s benches-clearing incident, Puig didn’t think he would receive a suspension.
“We didn’t throw any punch,” Puig said Sunday. “MLB can do whatever they want. They can watch video and decide what they are going to do. We’re going to see what’s going on later.”
Puig, Bell, reliever Amir Garrett and Pirates relievers Keone Kela and Felipe Vázquez were ejected from Sunday’s game. Archer remained in Sunday's game and pitched six innings. It was Bell’s first managerial ejection.
Bell said he didn't receive an explanation for why he was ejected Sunday and that he needed to see video regarding Puig and Garrett. Was he expecting a suspension for Puig?
“I don’t know,” Bell told The Enquirer on Sunday. “I hope not. I know the emotions were high because they were upset that one of our players could’ve got hurt really bad.”
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