Major League Baseball called the MLB Umpires Association's impassioned social media post on San Diego Padres star Manny Machado's one-game suspension "inappropriate" in a statement Tuesday
It was in response to the MLBUA calling Machado's ban for making contact with an army during San Diego's game Saturday against the Colorado Rockies and "slap in the face."
"One game..one single game. "MLBUA said in its Facebook post Tuesday.
The MLBUA went on to call the suspension a" disgrace "and"
"Major League Baseball has always been an example in all cases of violent behavior, on and off the field," the MLBUA wrote. "With that being said, MLBUA is extraordinarily disappointed in Major League Baseball for its disciplinarian 'inaction' handed down to Manny Machado."
The Twitter post was accompanied by a string of hashtags: #Deappointed, #LeadByExample, #NotAppreciated , #Violence, #TemperTantrum, #Inaction, #NotTolerated, #MakeanExampleof, #OneGameSuspension, #RepeatOffender and #Nonsense.
MLB said the punishment, '' with Bill Welke.
"Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing the Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the [Major League Baseball] Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with regard to the umpires, "the MLB said in his statement later Tuesday." We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence. "
Machado denies that he has made contact with the referee
"Honestly, you know, I'm just waiting for my appeal, waiting for MLB and Joe Torre to get back to me. Honestly just waiting for my hearing to plead my case, and that's all we're going to worry about, "Machado said before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee. "I've got MLB and the Padres and ownership behind me on this. We're just on the same page and we're going to move forward."
Machado declined to comment when asked if he thought
"Honestly, baseball has been going on for a lot of years, it's been going on for a hundred years and it's going to go on keep going and we go out there and we play baseball and we enjoy ourselves every day, "he responded. "This is where we're just waiting for my hearing."
Machado, 26, is batting .264 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Padres after signing and $ 300 million, 10-year contract in spring training.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report