Certainly one of baseball’s strangest on-field incidents in recent times has resulted in a one-game suspension — at the least for now.
Rodolfo Castro, the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder who had his cellphone slip out of his pocket as he slid into third base throughout a sport final week, has been suspended for one sport by Main League Baseball for a violation of the league’s digital gadget coverage. He has appealed the suspension and can be allowed to play till his attraction is set.
He was additionally fined an undisclosed quantity.
“I simply really need M.L.B. to listen to my model of the story and ensure they perceive my coronary heart behind every thing,” Castro, 23, informed reporters by a Spanish-language interpreter earlier than Tuesday’s residence sport in opposition to the Boston Crimson Sox. “None of this was intentional, I didn’t imply for any of this to occur.”
The play in query occurred within the fourth inning of a sport in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 9, the identical day Castro had been known as up from Class AAA. Castro, an infielder in his second season with Pittsburgh, slid headfirst into third and had his iPhone slide out of his pocket and onto the infield filth in Phoenix.
Whereas the play drew quite a lot of laughs, it additionally raised the likelihood that the telephone may have been getting used for some illicit motive. Castro insisted on the time that nothing like that had occurred.
“I don’t assume there’s any skilled ballplayer that will ever go on the market with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” he informed reporters on the time. “It’s horrible it occurred to me. Clearly, it was very unintentional.”
M.L.B. has labored to watch expertise use within the sport after high-profile incidents through which the Houston Astros had an elaborate sign-stealing scheme that concerned use of the video replay room and the Boston Crimson Sox had a sign-stealing system that used Apple Watches.
Not one of the Astros or Crimson Sox gamers concerned in these incidents had been suspended for his or her use of expertise as a result of they got immunity in change for his or her cooperation within the investigations.
Whereas M.L.B. has issued suspensions of varied lengths this season, together with an 80-game ban of Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres over a constructive take a look at for performance-enhancing medication; a three-game ban for Tommy Pham, then of the Cincinnati Reds, over his having slapped an opponent; and a one-game ban of the Yankees’ Josh Donaldson for disrespectful feedback he made to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, the Castro suspension is considerably distinctive because it seems he didn’t do something deliberately mistaken.
“You keep across the sport and also you see stuff you haven’t seen earlier than,” Pirates Supervisor Derek Shelton informed reporters after the incident. “This was only a child who made a mistake. It’s simply a type of issues we transfer ahead from and inform him, ‘You’ll be able to’t do this.’”
Requested in regards to the suspension on Tuesday, Shelton informed reporters “we respect M.L.B.’s choice” and didn’t remark additional.