Javier Baes explains why he was so upset by Amir Garrett̵
Cincinnati Reds winger Amir Garrett received a seven-match suspension on Tuesday for “inciting a bench-cleaning incident” during Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Garrett, who was fined an undisclosed amount, appealed the suspension and remained able to play during the appeal. Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president of field operations, announced the discipline.
Javier Baes, who was bouncing the railing of the dugout as he shouted at Garrett, was not stopped. Baes received an undisclosed fine.
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The incident began when Garrett hit Anthony Rizzo in the eighth inning. Garrett shouted from the mound and struck his chest several times. Cubs saw him as disrespectful to Rizzo; Garrett said it was a “restrained aggression” from his struggles this season.
Several Cubs players, especially Báez, told Garrett how they felt about it by calling him from the dugout. Garrett shouted at Baes as he waited for the next dough, after which Bayes jumped over the railing of the dugout and motioned for Garrett to come to him. The benches emptied, but there were no bumps or throws.
“I felt really good throwing 97 (mph), slider to 87,” Garrett said. “I felt normal, so when I killed Rizzo, I let him know. I gave him the knowledge, ‘I’m back.’ I’m fine. I’m here. Basically, that was all.”
“I turn around, I take the ball and I hear Báez tweet. So, I’ll fight back. It’s great. We weren’t going to fight, because that second we had so much time to get to each other, I could get to him, if I want, he can come to me too. We wouldn’t fight. We’ll exchange words, blah, blah, blah. Benches clean, hold me, whatever. “
This is the second time a Reds player has been suspended for pre-accident action by cleaning benches this season. MLB suspended Nick Castellanos for two games, which was confirmed after an appeal when he stood over Cardinal Jake Woodford’s pitcher as he scored in the wild and shouted, “Let’s (explicitly) go!”
Castellanos said the league cited health and safety protocols as to why his removal should be dismissed during the appeals process.
Garrett was eliminated for eight games when he made the Pittsburgh Pirates jungle a brawl on July 30, 2019.
“I had no intention of fighting (Baes) because, obviously, if I wanted to, I would go and get it,” Garrett said. “It’s been quite a restrained aggression since my performance. That’s what it is.”
The benches cleared between the reds and the dice on Saturday after Amir Garrett hit Anthony Rizzo. The little players took an exception from Gareth’s shout.
Báez and Cubs manager David Ross criticized Garrett for his actions in their post-match interviews on Saturday.
“That’s not how baseball is meant, but I think it’s his style,” Ross said. “I don’t agree with him. I think he’s rubbish, but he’s not on my team.”
Baes added: “He has to respect the game. If he doesn’t respect the game and if he doesn’t respect us, it will happen because he does it with us. He doesn’t do it to pump up his teammates. He doesn’t respect us. . “
Garrett, who spoke to reporters after Sunday’s game, said he knew things would not escalate further, even when Baes jumped the railing of the dugout and motioned for him.
“Brother, he didn’t jump over the railing and try to attack me, I can promise you that,” Garrett said. “He jumped the rail, stood there and shouted. We are old men. If you want to come and pick me up, you can come and pick me up. If I wanted to go and get it, I could go and get it, but no I was trying to take him there, it’s a waste of time and money and all that.
“We can tweet and tweet and tweet anything you want, but we’ll just leave it there because you don’t want to go past it. Not with me.”