Trevor Bauer is never shy about taking on Major League Baseball, and he’s doing it again — this time in support of a player who isn’t even his teammate anymore.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher announced on Twitter that he is holding a contest to give away a pair of autographed custom cleats that show support for Nick Castellanos, Bauer’s former Cincinnati Reds teammate who was suspended for a confrontation with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Castellanos yelled at Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford during an April 3 game, which helped spark a bench-clearing incident after he was confronted by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Castellanos was the only one suspended over the incident, which sparked some backlash that Bauer is clearly sympathetic to.
Bauer might have tried to wear these in a game if not for some issues he ran into last season in a similar situation.
Nick Castellanos lost his appeal of a two-game suspension from MLB.
Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Jake Woodford in the fourth inning of the Cincinnati Reds-St. Louis Cardinals game on April 3. After scoring on a wild pitch, Castellanos popped up and yelled in Woodford’s face (seen here). Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went right after Castellanos for yelling at Woodford, and the benches for both teams cleared.
MLB suspended Castellanos two games, citing “his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident.”
Castellanos’ agent was upset with the suspension, as you would expect.
Castellanos appealed, but MLB said Monday the suspension was being upheld. MLB cited health-and-safety protocols as rationale for suspension.
Castellanos may not have initiated physical contact, but he did yell in his opponent’s face, which was a deliberate act of taunting. MLB wasn’t letting that slide. The Reds outfielder will begin serving his suspension on Tuesday.
MLB’s decision to suspend Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos for his confrontation with the St. Louis Cardinals has made some people genuinely angry, including the player’s agent.
Scott Boras, who represents Castellanos, urged the MLBPA to look closely at the two-game suspension, citing the fact that Castellanos was not the one who initiated the physical contact that led to the benches-clearing incident.
“When there is a contact play at the plate and no physical contact thereafter — only competitive speech — and a suspension is issued, such a subjective standard does not provide players with proper notice of violative conduct,” Boras said, via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I can cite 20 incidents from the 2020 season where competitive speech was exchanged between players, without physical contact, and no suspension was issued.
“At this point, where non-physical contact occurred, I do not know if a player can determine what type of conduct amounts to a suspension.”
You can see the incident that got Castellanos suspended by clicking here.
Boras is obviously sticking up for his client through this tactic, but he has a point. Castellanos yelled in the face of Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford, but that’s highly unlikely to get any player suspended in itself. When Yadier Molina grabbed Castellanos to stand up for his pitcher, that was when the benches cleared.
Castellanos has stated that he plans to appeal the two-game suspension.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were involved in a bench-clearing incident on Saturday.
Matters began in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Cardinals reliever Jake Woodford. Castellanos and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina talked things out after the hit by pitch.
Later in the inning, the bases were loaded and Woodford threw a wild pitch. Castellanos broke for home and dived in for a run. He yelled in Woodford’s face afterwards, which upset Molina, who stood up for his teammate. Both benches ended up clearing over the matter.
Things settled down and the inning resumed, though Castellanos was ejected. Molina has never been shy to stand up for his teammates, especially against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds have made another move that proves they are trying to contend in 2020.
Free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has agreed to a multi-year contract with the Reds, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic first reported. The deal is reportedly for four years.
Castellanos was the top free agent remaining on the market. The 27-year-old batted .289 with 27 homers and 73 RBI in time split between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last year. He’s a career .277 hitter.
The Reds have been very active this winter after missing the playoffs last year for a sixth consecutive season. In addition to Castellanos, they have also signed third baseman Mike Moustakas, Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama and veteran starting pitcher Wade Miley.
Castellanos was being pursued by at least two other teams, with the Atlanta Braves looking like they may have been the biggest losers.
The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in the middle of their lineup now that Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins, and some have wondered if the team could try to pull off a blockbuster trade to make up for that. However, they do not appear to be thinking that big.
Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reports that the Braves are likely to shift their attention to free agent outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Nick Castellanos after they lost Donaldson. While they could pursue a trade for either Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant, they do not want to deplete their farm system.
Castellanos hit .289 with 27 home runs and 58 doubles in time split between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last season. One report claimed the Texans Rangers were the favorite to sign the 27-year-old, but he would be wise to wait and see if more offers come in now that Donaldson is off the market.
Ozuna also had solid power numbers last season with 29 home runs and 89 RBI, though he hit just .241 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Either player could provide the Braves with some pop in the middle of their lineup.
The Texas Rangers have fallen short in most of their free agent pursuits this offseason, but better news may be on the way.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Rangers had a successful meeting with free agent Nicholas Castellanos. He came away impressed by the organization, and they are one of the finalists to sign him.
Morosi lists the Cubs, White Sox, and Giants as other teams who have some interest in Castellanos.
Castellanos has been a right fielder and could play there for Texas, but first base would also be an option. Either way, he fits the profile of a right-handed power bat the Rangers have been pursuing all winter, having fallen short in the Anthony Rendon sweepstakes.
Splitting time between the Tigers and Cubs in 2019, Castellanos hit .289 overall with 27 home runs and 58 doubles.
The Rangers have been busy on the pitching front, adding one of the biggest names on the market via trade. Castellanos would bolster the offense as they attempt to move into contention in 2020.
Bat flips are out. Bat smashes are in, at least if you’re Nicholas Castellanos.
The Chicago Cubs outfielder hit his second home run in as many at bats on Friday in a key divisional game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Knowing full well that the ball he’d just hit was long gone, Castellanos spiked his bat against the ground before turning for first base.
We’ve all seen our share of bat flips. It’s an art form in itself, and even the best ones can leave teammates in awe. It’s rare that we see the full-on bat smash, but it illustrates the importance of both the game and the moment for Castellanos and the Cubs. That said, it remains to be seen what the Brewers might think of it.
Nicholas Castellanos is leaving the Detroit Tigers, just as he wanted to do.
According to reports, Castellanos has been traded to the Chicago Cubs in a deal that just narrowly beat the trade deadline.
Castellanos had actually been in the Tigers’ lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s game, but was pulled from the game while on deck, making it clear that a trade had been agreed upon.
Castellanos is hitting .273 with 11 home runs this season. He’s not known as a great defensive player, which could be an issue in the NL, but he has played both third base and right field in his career and has shown a willingness to learn other positions.
The 27-year-old recently made clear his feelings about playing at Comerica Park. He now gets to go to Wrigley Field, which may be more to his liking.
Comerica Park is known for being a pitcher-friendly ballpark due to its large outfield and a 420-foot distance to center field. One of the hitters who plays 81 games per year there has had enough of that.
Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos dismissed the home of the Detroit Tigers after Sunday’s 4-3 ten-inning win that saw him deliver a walkoff home run. He called the park a “joke” and worried about how Detroit’s hitters may compare to the rest of the league statistically as a result of its size.
Comerica Park’s dimensions have been a talking point ever since it opened in 2000, and the left field fences were moved in a few years after its debut. Castellanos, despite his complaints, has hit 20 points better in Detroit since entering the big leagues as opposed to on the road, though he has hit more home runs away from home. As understandable as Castellanos’ frustration is, plenty of hitters have been successful there, and Miguel Cabrera won a Triple Crown playing home games at Comerica.
Castellanos is in the final year of his contract and is almost certain to leave Detroit at the end of the season, if not sooner. He may get a move to a ballpark that can play more hitter-friendly by the July 31 trade deadline.