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UPDATE: Did I say “likely no punishment” because I totally meant just “Punishment likely”... Likely no punishment for Yadier Molina after Sunday’s fracas - A Hunt and Peck

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You know the incident.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

During Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks things became heated between Diamondbacks manger Torey Lovullo and home plate umpire Tim Timmons, which then took a surprising turn to involve Yadier Molina. In the middle of his argument with Timmons, Luvullo points towards the Cardinals backstop and from there... this happened:

After the altercation, the only person thrown from the game was the Diamondbacks manager, which drew intrigue from fans and media alike. The fact that Molina was in the game had to have meant that Luvollo said something to him, but what?

Oh. Oh dear.

I am not sure why the Diamondbacks manager called Molina that. Perhaps he was trying to goad Molina into an argument so he would get ejected. Luvollo’s behavior - putting his hands up like he did nothing wrong while still moving towards Molina - after Molina confronted him seems to support that.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

I wish Molina could be the type to laugh these sort of things off, because there is something inherently hilarious in Luvollo getting angry at him for, like, just being a good catcher. But he is not and not many folks are. So here we are.

Molina was not ejected from the game, but the incident will be subject to further review. Most sources seem to indicate Molina will not face any further punishment, even though he made contact with an umpire:

I am officially closing the book on this story. But I doubt Yadier Molina will. I hope that means he will frame those pitches extra good the next time these two teams face each other.

UPDATE: I am a gigantic liar apparently. Molina has totally been suspended, along with Torey Luvollo. Molina will appeal and is in the lineup for Tuesday (as of now).

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