Although Major League Baseball's health and safety guidelines state that suspensions for fighting wouldn't be pro-rated to reflect a 60-game season, it's nonetheless telling how much discipline Ramón Laureano and Alex Cintrón faced for their roles in Sunday's brawl at the Oakland Coliseum.
The A's outfielder was suspended for a tenth of the season (six games), while the Houston Astros hitting coach was suspended for a third of it (20 games). Laureano alleged that Cintrón insulted his mother -- which Cintrón later denied -- before he charged into Houston's dugout after he was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game (and the third time in the series).
Cintrón apologized Tuesday and said he'd accept the full length of the suspension, saying that "coaches are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players." For those reasons, NBC Sports California analyst Dave Stewart thought the disparity in the two suspensions was fair.
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"With Cintrón, I didn't really know what to expect," Stewart said, admitting he was pleasantly surprised Laureano didn't face more discipline. "I do know that the punishment was based on the fact that he's a coach, and coaches are supposed to be upholding peace and keeping players from getting in trouble versus inciting problems. If it's 20 games, that's perfectly fine for me. Something should've been done, and I think in this particular case, justice was done."
Laureano is appealing the suspension, and he will continue to be in the A's lineup until that process is completed. Stewart said he ultimately expected Laureano to serve a game or two less than the initial punishment, but that he wouldn't anticipate it being cut in half.
No matter how many games Laureano ends up sitting, Stewart thinks MLB got the outfielder's suspension right proportionally to Cintrón's.
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