Rays ace Chris Archer stands accused of firing a purpose pitch that came too close for comfort behind Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.
That’s more than enough to warrant a suspension in the mind of John Gibbons, who called on MLB to follow a recent trend and step in to discipline such an action.
“I would expect there has got to be some kind of suspension,” the Blue Jays manager told reporters while discussing Archer’s alleged behavior Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 win. “The way they handle things now, the (Manny) Machado thing the other day, the ball was thrown behind him.
“Now, if the umpire had not issued a warning, OK, maybe he didn’t think something was wrong. Since he issued a warning, maybe he thought, ‘Ah, something’s not right here. If the umpire thinks something was issued for a reason, maybe he though there was some intent and that’s why I would imagine the league would step up like they do most of the time. I would be disappointed if they didn’t. They have to maintain that, whatever the word is, continuity.”
Smith already should have taken the early lead just by finding a bigger sucker than he had been a year earlier. Yes, it does make him the kind of executive who excels at putting out fires that he lit, and at this point the Texans deserve either better from him, or from a different general manager.
Smith, however, managed to keep a lid on Osweiler’s confrontation with Bill O’Brien long enough to find someone to take the quarterback off the Texans’ hands.
Of course, the Browns — and the rest of the league — might already have known all about it, and it was the public that was in the dark for more than two months. But it definitely looks better from Manchester United Cheap Jerseys the Texans’ standpoint to have kept it from being common knowledge that they didn’t just want to move on from the mistake of Osweiler and his contract, but had to — and as fast as possible.