Thought #2: The fallout
Reactions on social media
Here is a tweet from Lance McCullers Jr.:
Then you have your critics, which we’ll say they’re wrong here, but they have an opinion on this matter as well. So I’m not too disappointed about those comments. But there was one comment that disappointed me the most.
That’s right! Brad Ausmus. Our former catcher turned Angels manager is suggesting Marisnick be suspended.
I never like to criticize former Houston Astros other than maybe Carlos Gomez and I’ve always been a Brad Ausmus fan. But I’m very disappointed with this comment. The objective is to protect the catcher, which I totally get that Brad was wanting to do.
But what irks me is that Ausmus believes Marisnick should be suspended for this play. I didn’t see this play as a suspended offense. If anything, Marisnick’s punishment happened when his run was wiped out and he was called out for “violating rule 7.13.”
Yet the way Ausmus says it makes it seem like Marisnick hit Lucroy on purpose. It angers me even writing about this from a catcher who has taken his fair share of being hit by runners at the plate. Obviously, the rules protecting catchers are severe and strict given what happened to Buster Posey in 2011.