Chipper Jones implies Jose Bautista is not liked around baseball
MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre is expected to announce disciplinary action against those involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers as soon as Tuesday. While some have predicted a lengthy suspension for Rougned Odor because he actually landed a punch, others want to see the league come down just as hard on Jose Bautista.
On Tuesday morning, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said he is surprised by how many baseball people have shown support for Odor. Chipper Jones, who spent 19 years in the league, responded by implying that people don’t like Bautista.
@JonHeyman May wanna look more into the personalities involved. Shouldn't be surprised at all.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) May 17, 2016
Those with the “old-school” mentality took serious offense to Bautista unleashing this vicious bat flip in the postseason last year. Former nine-time MLB All-Star Goose Gossage blasted Bautista for the stunt, and there are plenty of other people who feel the same way. Jones hinted earlier this week that he is among them.
Regardless of how many people like or dislike Bautista, Odor is going to be suspended. You can’t just deck a guy in the jaw (video here) and expect to pay a fine.