Boston Red Sox Reliever Matt Barnes Tagged With Four-Game Suspension For Throwing At Manny Machado‘s Head
Barnes has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s game. Barnes is appealing the suspension and thus will be available Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Yankees.
Barnes was seeking retaliation for what happened Friday night when Machado took Dustin Pedroia out on a slide at second base. Pedroia missed the final two games of the series with knee and ankle injuries. As of Monday afternoon, he is considered day-to-day.
“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes told reporters after the game “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”
The whole situation where Machado took out Pedroia and then the Red Sox staring down the Baltimore dugout after the game just to wait days for Barnes to retaliate. Then after Barnes threw at Manny, Pedroia then yelled at him during the game saying it wasn’t him who wanted it but it was them (team or Barnes).
Then after the game, Pedroia continued to distance himself from Barnes actions and in the other clubhouse Orioles reliever, Zach Britton made a comment saying if Dustin isn’t controlling the Boston clubhouse than there are bigger issues over there.
Personally, the Sox handled this whole thing poorly, first of all, they should have nailed Machado the next day with Steven Wright on the mound. Instead, they waited days to retaliate for an action that Pedroia had already gotten over. Barnes deserves to be suspended, but four games is a tad much. Maybe two games would have been a more reasonable punishment, but the idiot threw in the head region of Machado due to his lack of control in his fastball.
This whole thing is a mess and shows that there is some big questions in the Red Sox clubhouse leadership structure.