Rougned Odor Suspended 8 Games, Fined $5,000: MLB Is Officially King Tommen
Rick Chandler 05:46 pm, May 17th, 2016
I had a hard time believing that anyone could be as weak and vacillating as King Tommen, the current king of Westeros on Game of Thrones. Tommen can't even order a fucking pizza without changing his mind seven times, which he does anytime someone new enters the room and gets two minutes alone with him.
So imagine my surprise when Major League Baseball handed down its fines just now in the Rougned Odor-Jose Batista incident from Sunday. Odor got an eight-game suspension and a $5,000 fine, and the Blue Jays' John Gibbons was suspended for three games (for leaving the dugout after he had already been ejected).
Odor, we should remind you, reacted to a hard slide at second base by Bautista by slugging him in the mouth, then throwing more punches, triggering a benches-clearing brawl. By comparison, Cardinals' prospect Alex Reyes got suspended for 50 games for smoking weed -- which is legal in four states. It's also the mellowest of all things forbidden by baseball, unless you count streaking.
If baseball is serious about preventing their games from becoming roughneck union-busting brawls, then its going to have to get serious about its penalties. Eight games is a joke, and $5,000 is an even bigger one. I know that Odor is now considered a hero in Dallas-Fort Worth, and is soon to be put on the state flag. But this is Texas, where they allow open-carry at baby christenings.
For his part, Odor doesn't seem very apologetic. "I just play the game how I play. I just play the game to win games," he said on Monday in Oakland, via MLB.com.