San Diego Padres star Manny Machado and Major League Baseball’s umpires have developed a bit of a testy relationship.
This came to a head Saturday night when Machado got into an argument with home plate umpire Bill Welke over balls and strikes.
Major League Baseball claims that Machado was “aggressively arguing and making contact” with Welke in the course of their “discussion” and suspended him for one game.
Machado says he plans to appeal his one-game suspension and fine because he doesn’t think he made any contact with Welke.
On Tuesday, the MLB Umpires Association went completely off the rails with regard to Machado’s suspension, posting a lengthy, bizarre rant on social media, ripping Machado and Major League Baseball.
On Twitter, the Umpires Association wrote, “Manny Machado received a one game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety. Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders are dealt with severely and even made examples of for the good of it’s (sic) employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?”
They also added a comical list of hashtags: @MLB @Padres @Buster_ESPN #Disappointed #LeadByExample #NotAppreciated #Violence #TemperTantrum #Inaction #NotTolerated #MakeanExampleof #OneGameSuspension #RepeatOffender #Nonsense #MLBUA.
On Facebook, the Umpire’s Association went even further, going into even more detail on how they feel about Machado’s suspension.
Granted, a quick search of Manny Machado photos reveals a lot of this…
So he is definitely a thorn in many of the MLB umpires’ sides, but today’s diatribe on social media seems to be a bit much – at least according to many fans on the internet.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1141032155084029952
You are embarrassing— cook (@cook17) June 18, 2019
All you're doing is a making better and better case for being replaced by robots.— Zach (@zach_evan_) June 18, 2019
No nonsense? This tweet is utter nonsense and is offensive— Jāque (@JakeLobito) June 18, 2019
This is an absolutely dishonest representation of what occurred AFTER Manny Machado was inappropriately ejected from the game.— 𝔽𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕣𝔾𝕒𝕝 ɴᴇᴡ & ɪᴍᴘʀᴏᴠᴇᴅ (@FriarGal) June 18, 2019
Please consider hiring an objectivity consultant to help your organization and staff behave in an honest, ethical, and impartial manner moving forward.
Me buying a Manny jersey. pic.twitter.com/MMKHnj5IED— wear your mask correctly you lazy f*ck (@GimmeTatis) June 18, 2019
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