Thought #3: The Verdict
Want to know why Ausmus is wrong here? He’s wrong because, after the collision, Marisnick went to check on Lucroy and was shaken up over the play.
He later was interviewed and expressed remorse over the play:
I’m sorry that Lucroy got hurt on the play. I do pray for his recovery. And I know the Angels’ organization had a very tough week with what happened to Tyler Skaggs. But Ausmus lost a little respect from me by asking for his suspension. He should be more concerned over his team and catcher rather than worry about someone else.
And why else is that a bad look on Brad? Here’s what he did during that moment when the collision. He basically suggested to the umpires that Marisnick violated the rules and you requested a crew chief review. He got that and he was rewarded when the replay crew from MLB overturned the initial call by declaring Marisnick out. Okay! He won that battle. It’s tied 10-10 going to the ninth. Now the Angels just have to go and score runs to win. Except they didn’t. Sounds a bit salty for saying this if you ask me.
I should’ve also added Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in this as well because while he expressed
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anger and frustration over this play, he tried to threaten Carlos Correa, who was trying to quell the tension down. I can’t wait for our series against St. Louis so that we can at least one up Molina and make him regret his words. Of course, I also hope that Correa, Molina, and Marisnick get together and talk about it so that it doesn’t happen again.
I don’t know what’s going to happen as far as what MLB would do. If they suspend Marisnick, I’m not going to be too pleased because while I agree catchers need to be protected, the character of the one who collided with the other is called into question. Yet, by judging from the play itself, both players are guilty of making assumptions.
Perhaps a fine for Marisnick is in order. But not a suspension. Freak plays shouldn’t result in someone sitting out for playing to the best of their ability with no malice on their minds. One thing I do hope for sure is that these two don’t change the way they play and Lucroy accepts Marisnick’s apology. Plus, we hope to see Lucroy on the field again this year.