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MLB umpires union upset over Manny Machado's suspension; League calls the criticism 'inappropriate'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/18/2019 Jesse Yomtov

A day after Major League Baseball announced a one-game suspension for San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado, the MLB Umpires Association issued a scathing statement on Twitter.

"Manny Machado received a one game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone's safety. Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders are dealt with severely and even made examples of for the good of it's (sic) employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?"

The tweet also included a flurry of hashtags ranging from "#Disappointed" to "#Violence" to "#MakeanExampleof."

MLB's release Monday said Machado was suspended and fined for "aggressively arguing and making contact with Umpire Bill Welke following his ejection in the top of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game.

Machado is appealing the suspension, claiming that he didn't make contact with Welke. "I didn't touch him. I didn't think I touched him," Machado said Monday.

In a statement Tuesday, the league fired back, calling the union's actions "inappropriate"

"We do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires," the statement said.

"We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

The Umpires Association had gone even further on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, posting a 217-word paragraph decrying the suspension:

"Manny Machado was suspended one game for contact to an umpire during an argument over balls and strikes, while violently throwing his bat against the backstop, with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety. One single game. What kind of precedent is that setting? It is NOT okay to throw a temper tantrum and physically touch someone of authority, just because you don’t agree. Violence in all workplaces is not tolerated. Period. Offenders are made examples of by being dealt with severely; not just for the good of all the employees, but for the good of the company itself. A person is given and granted a level of protection from abusive behavior in any workplace. A one game suspension for this type of behavior is a slap in the face of all umpires and a disgrace to the game itself. Physical contact simply cannot be tolerated, and the penalties need to be swift and harsh. What does this teach the MLB’s immense and ongoing influential youth movement trying to attract young fans to the game? Major League Baseball has to always lead by example in all cases of violent behavior, on and off the field. With that being said, the MLBUA is extraordinarily disappointed in Major League Baseball in its disciplinary ‘inaction’ handed down to Manny Machado."

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