One-game suspension for Votto

Reds first baseman Joey Votto received a one-game suspension on Friday, a result of an ejection and making contact with an umpire during an argument earlier this week.

Votto will serve the suspension during Friday’s series opener vs. the White Sox. He was also fined an undisclosed sum. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

During the top of the third inning of Wednesday’s 3-0 Reds win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Votto was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Conroy after he struck out to end the inning, slammed his helmet to the ground and yelled something in the direction of starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Votto had his back turned when Conroy threw him out of the game and was not informed until after he took his position defensively. When realizing he was tossed out, he charged at Conroy to argue and bumped him.

4 Comments

Exactly what was expected. Would guess the fine will be $10K-$20K. Joey knew this was coming.

Could have been worse. Glad to see him get it over with.

Reasonable penalty.

Hopefully this isign of aggression will flow over into a leadership role by Joey. I really think he has to let this locker room know this is his team and by acting a little out of character, aggression not bumping Blue, rubs off on this team. I still have high hopes and think if the Reds can plug the middle relief weaknesses this team can make some postseason noise.

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