One in every of baseball’s strangest on-field incidents in recent times has resulted in a one-game suspension — at the very 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 determined.
He was additionally discovered an undisclosed quantity.
“I simply really need MLB to listen to my model of the story and ensure they perceive my coronary heart behind the whole lot,” Castro, 23, advised reporters via a Spanish-language interpreter earlier than Tuesday’s house sport towards the Boston Crimson Sox. “None of this was intentional, I did not imply for any of this to occur.”
The play in query occurred within the fourth inning of a sport towards the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 9, the identical day Castro had been referred to 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 dust in Phoenix.
Whereas the play drew a number of laughs, it additionally raised the likelihood that the telephone might have been getting used for some illicit purpose. Castro insisted on the time that nothing like that had occurred.
“I do not assume there’s any skilled ballplayer that may ever go on the market with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” he advised reporters on the time. “It is horrible it occurred to me. Clearly, it was very unintentional.”
MLB has labored to observe 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 have 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 MLB has issued suspensions of assorted lengths this season, together with an 80-game ban of Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres over a constructive check 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 incorrect.
“You keep across the sport and also you see issues you have not seen earlier than,” Pirates Supervisor Derek Shelton advised reporters after the incident. “This was only a child who made a mistake. It is simply a kind of issues we transfer ahead from and inform him, ‘You’ll be able to’t try this.’”
Requested concerning the suspension on Tuesday, Shelton advised reporters “we respect MLB’s choice” and didn’t remark additional.