Major League Baseball levied judgment on the events of Sunday’s game between the Royals and Toronto, handing down a three-game suspension for Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez, who was ejected after hitting Alcides Escobar, and a one-game ban for Toronto manager John Gibbons, who returned to the field of play, after being ejected, during an on-field skirmish following Escobar getting hit.
No Royals received a suspensions, despite protests from Blue Jays fans that both Edinson Volquez and Ryan Madson targeted Toronto hitters. Volquez hit Josh Donaldson in the first inning. Madson hit Troy Tulowitzki in the seventh. Both subsequently threw inside, which made Donaldson irate at home-plate umpire Jim Wolf, who had issued warnings after Volquez hit Donaldson in the first.
After the game, manager Ned Yost praised Wolf’s work behind the plate. This drew the ire of Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista, who wrote on Twitter that he “lost a lot of respect for that man today.” Yost appeared unperturbed by the comments.
“My view on that is everybody has an opinion,” Yost said Tuesday. “I respect Jose Bautista’s opinion, and I don’t lose any respect for anybody because of their opinion, because it’s their opinion. They have a right to have an opinion. But because my opinion differed from his, he wants to lose respect? That’s fine. I can live with that.”
The lone Royal to return fire at Bautista was pitcher Yordano Ventura. In a series of Twitter posts that were subsequently deleted, he called Bautista a “nobody” and threatened to retaliate the next time the two teams played. Ventura later apologized to Bautista, also on Twitter.
Ventura was not available to talk before Tuesday’s game. He spent most of the afternoon, while the clubhouse was open to reporters, throwing a bullpen session and then decompressing in the training room.
Yost had little to say about Ventura’s latest outburst. “Whatever,” Yost said. “I’m not a big Twitter fan.”
Yost did find laughable the concept that the Royals were “the bad boys of baseball,” which was debated on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” on Monday.
“We’re not the bad boys of baseball,” Yost said. “We just play baseball. We didn’t do anything that was wrong. We just played the game. With a club like that, especially a club like that, you have to pitch in, or you’re going to get killed.”