St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected against the San Francisco Giants Sunday after he slammed down his helmet in frustration after a close out call at first base. First-base umpire Clint Fagan subsequently ejected Molina, and during the ensuing reaction and blowup by the Cardinals star in the third inning, Molina made contact with ump Mike Everitt, who was trying to keep the peace.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Molina has been suspended for one game, and he is appealing the decision:
Yadier Molina gets 1-game suspension and undisclosed fine for making contact with ump Mike Everitt. He has appealed.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) June 3, 2013
The appeal comes as expected, although there is merit to this suspension. After the game, Molina acknowledged the situation, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com: "I know I was out, I was just upset with myself."
Unfortunately, his reaction spoke louder than his words.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time Molina has been suspended for making contact with an umpire. The same transpired in August 2011, when it led to a five-game suspension for the catcher, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Should Molina be suspended?
Thus far in 2013, the 30-year-old Molina is hitting .347 with three home runs, 27 RBI and an .851 OPS. The five-time Gold Glove Award winner has also posted a fielding percentage of .995.