CINCINNATI – It’s not the first time there have been issues between the teams and it may not be the last, but Major League Baseball has taken action after the latest Cubs-Reds incident last Saturday.
The league announced that Cincinnati pitcher Amir Garrett has been suspended for seven games for his role in the screaming match with Javier Baez that cleared the benches at Great American Ballpark.
Meanwhile the Cubs’ shortstop has received a fine for his role in the incident. Garrett plans to appeal the suspension with MLB.
All of the drama started in the eighth inning when Garrett struck out Anthony Rizzo then began to fist pump and scream towards the batter. Baez, who has a history with the pitcher, took exception to the gesture and came out of the dugout to yell at Garrett.
As both players starter screaming at each other, the benches emptied to prevent it from escalating further. Eventually both sides retreated to their dugouts without a punch thrown and no players were ejected from the game.