St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
(KMOV) -- The Yadier Molina suspension comes at a terrible time for the Cardinals. They're struggling to keep pace with the Milwaukee Brewers, and losing an all star catcher for five games certainly won't help the situation.
Molina is a significantly better player than his replacement, Gerald Laird. But how can you argue with the suspension handed down by Major League Baseball? Molina was completely out of line and out of character. We've never seen him go ballistic like that before, but he totally flipped out on umpire Rob Blake.
Blake appeared to be overly dramatic in letting us all know that Molina sprayed him with spittle, but Molina didn't intentionally spit on the umpire. Still, he got what he deserved. If a player on another team had done that, we'd expect a similar suspension.
It's stupid, it's childish, and it's ridiculous for a grown man and a professional to behave that way. It's embarrassing to the Cardinals organization. I'd like to be able to take Molina's side and beg for leniency, but I can't. He got what he deserved, and he's lucky it was only five games.
-Doug Vaughn, News 4 Sports
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