MLB issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the Umpires’ Association statement about the Manny Machado suspension.
Machado was suspended one game for making contact with umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a third strike call during Saturday’s San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies game, the league announced Monday. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association apparently was not happy with the light punishment for “violence in the workplace” and issued a statement on the matter.
#Disappointed #LeadByExample #NotAppreciated #Violence #TemperTantrum #Inaction #NotTolerated #MakeanExampleof #OneGameSuspension #RepeatOffender #Nonsense #MLBUA @MLB @Padres @Buster_ESPN pic.twitter.com/pkcW5O1SnB
— Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) June 18, 2019
MLB responded to the statement from the umpires and said it was not appropriate for them to comment on the discipline issued by MLB. They also said the comparison to “workplace violence” was inappropriate.
MLB issues a statement on the Umpires Union statement — apparently there's one subject that MLB and the MLBPA can agree upon — they didn't like the umpires statement pic.twitter.com/fyBwATprjk
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 18, 2019
Machado appealed his one-game suspension on the grounds that he did not make contact with the umpire.