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Outside The Confines: Suspension upheld for Nick Castellanos

Not a lot makes sense about this one.

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I normally don’t question suspensions too much. Usually if something leads to a bench-clearing brawl, there’s any kind of violence involved, or general bad behavior is afoot, there’s typically cause for some kind of suspension.

The problem is that no one can seem to agree on what a suitable suspension should be. Does the punishment always fit the crime, or are suspensions largely arbitrary? In the case of Nick Castellanos’ two-game suspension for being too enthusiastic after scoring a run, that led to a scuffle between St. Louis and Cincinnati, the punishment really seemed too much.

For one, he was celebrating. Also Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who grabbed Castellanos after the event (which set off the bench-clearing that followed), received no punishment whatsoever. This week Castellanos’s punishment was upheld, much to the chagrin and confusion of pretty much everyone in baseball.

  • Ultimately it was suspended...

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.