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.