The Major League Baseball Umpires Association isn’t pleased with the one-game suspension the league handed San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado, and they tweeted the following statement Tuesday:

“Manny Machado received a one-game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and violently throwing this bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety,” the tweet read. “Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders are dealt with severely and even made examples of for the good of its employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?”

Machado, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, earned a one-game ban for “aggressively arguing and making contact” with umpire Bill Welke during the Padres’ contest against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Machado said, “I didn’t think I touched him. The video says it all. We’re going to appeal it, and we think we’ve got a good case.”

MLB umpires union upset over Manny Machado’s one-game suspension


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