Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has received a two-game suspension from Major League Baseball for what is being called his “aggressive actions” and for “instigating a benches-clearing incident” in their game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
The incident happened in the bottom of the fourth inning at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati when Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford overthrew catcher Yadier Molina at the home plate. Castellanos was able to score to give the home team a 7-2 lead and then flexed in Woodford’s face as Molina jumped in, which sparked the brawl that eventually cleared both teams’ benches.
Earlier in the inning, the 29-year-old was hit by a Woodward pitch, which put him on base and set up the altercation that resulted in a bench-clearing brawl.
Nicholas Castellanos is a savage for this. 😂
— theScore (@theScore) April 4, 2021
Aside from the suspension, Nicholas Castellanos has also been fined an undisclosed amount. Other players who received undisclosed fines include Reds infielder Eugenio Suarez and outfielder Jesse Winker and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, pitcher Jordan Hicks, and catcher Yadier Molina.
Also, five players received fines:#STLCards third baseman Nolan Arenado, pitcher Jordan Hicks and catcher Yadier Molina.#Reds infielder Eugenio Suarez and outfielder Jesse Winker. https://t.co/bJyHz32jjR
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 5, 2021
Castellanos' suspension was supposed to begin tonight when Cincinnati faces the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the outfielder is appealing his suspension, and the discipline will not begin until the process is finished.
While Castellanos and five other players have received punishment from the incident, Woodward was surprisingly not among them. This surprised some, including the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, who noted that the pitcher seemed to hit Castellanos before the latter got in his face.
MLB suspended #Reds Nicholas Castellanos 2 games. #StLCards Jake Woodford wasn't even fined. Understand hard to read intent, but seemed Woodford hit Castellanos on purpose. So dangerous act goes unpunished and the reactive, non-contact gestures are punished #Wrong
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 5, 2021
While Nicholas Castellanos appeals his suspension, the Reds will face the Pirates, while the Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins on Monday.