Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested last week for assaulting a man and using anti-semitic language during the attack. There are bigger issues at play here, but Major League Baseball should have taken this opportunity to send a clear message to everyone that this won't be tolerated.
Instead, MLB dropped the ball on this one. It was announced on Monday that Young had been suspended for seven days without pay retroactive to last Friday, making him eligible to return when the Tigers host the Chicago White Sox this weekend.
For perspective on this, Young was suspended for 50 games in 2006 while playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls when he threw a bat at an umpire.
Not to belittle how stupid that was, but don't you think an assault on another human being while shouting racist phrases is a bigger problem than throwing a bat on a baseball field?
This was the statement from Commissioner Bud Selig on why Young was suspended for seven days:
Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game's stature as a social institution. An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode.
Young is not completely out of the loop with Major League Baseball, as he will be evaluated by an independent doctor.
Perhaps the thinking is that the sting of public embarrassment and humiliation Young will endure, to go along with court hearing scheduled for May 29, is going to be plenty of punishment.
That is a question you would have to ask Selig. All that has been presented to us is that Young is only going to miss seven games as a result of this incident. It is a missed opportunity for Major League Baseball to tell its players that when you do something stupid, you are going to be severely punished.
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