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Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Guillen

By Evan Brunell

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended two games for violating baseball's social media rules by tweeting his anger at being tossed from a game Wednesday. Guillen also tweeted that his rant was going to cost him money, but it costs him a lot more: two games as White Sox manager. That's a hefty price to pay, on top of being fined an undisclosed amount of money for both his specific comments and the Twitter usage. He will serve the suspension during the first two games of a four-game set against the Orioles, slated to start Friday night.

Suspending Guillen two games is rather harsh. Even a one-game suspension is odd, but new disciplinarian Joe Garagiola Jr. (who works under Joe Torre) is clearly sending a message: Stay off Twitter. MLB has a rule that social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) cannot be used from 30 minutes prior to the game to its conclusion. It doesn't seem to be a strict rule, as players tweet during the game, but when Guillen goes on the offensive after being ejected and blasts an umpire (a very sensitive subject in baseball, but really, there are plenty of terrible umpires who would have been fired long ago in another profession -- looking at you, Bob Davidson, and your screaming epithets), you can imagine how upset baseball was.

Guillen brought a lot on himself with this, though. He clearly knew he would be reprimanded for his actions, saying so publicly, but brushed off whatever punishment he would get. It's not surprising baseball came down hard, but will it really silence Guillen?

Probably. It's one thing to be fined; it's entirely another to be suspended for two games. That wouldn't fly for a player, and it won't fly for Guillen, especially when these same comments could have been said after the game and likely subject to only a fine. (Although at some point, baseball needs to ratchet up the punishment and send a message to Guillen that his comments in general have to stop.)

Of course, this is Ozzie Guillen we're talking about. Can anyone even silence him? Baseball is certainly trying.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

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Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

Cutchie:   You say baseball should suspend him in bold print, then go on to compare it to interviewing managers between innings.  Don't you mean, baseball should NOT suspend him?  

Who cares if a manager or player tweets during a game?  As long as they do their job, it shouldn't matter.  I don't think it's necessary, but in today's instant gratification and need to know world, it's just a part of the world we live in.  Baseball has far greater concerns than tweeting. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Baseball should suspend

Ozzie says and does outlandish things, however some MLBcolor commentators and play by play men should be suspendedfor their outlandish and incompetent comments. I mean Joe Morgan always seemed to be watching a different game thanthe one being shown.
You can't Tweet, etc. during a game, but managers may be interviewed between innings or as the play goes on. Hello!Bud Selig, which is worse?
Ozzie keep 'em laughing!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

I agree about Bob Davidson.  He's a disgrace to the game.  Should have been fired a long time ago.  I don't understand how the owners, who literally own the league, don't handle the umpiring issue better.  Every year the worst few umps should be fired. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

Agree!

No consequences for the umps they still get the $1,000 off their bookie for fixing the game so why should they care!

Manager is wrong then fine or suspend same should go for the umps if they are wrong!

Baseball is heading the way of the NBA soon no one will care because they don't care to "Just get it right!"



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

DVS. its amazing. Gullen gets thrown out, bc the strike zone is the size of the "s" key on our computers... and guys like joyce.. Oh, blow a perfect game, no problem.
How about the call on chone figgins last night or 2 nights ago at home plate.
Derek jeters home run of benitez. I mean so many calls.
not ONE penatly. But they are quick to call u crazy for noticing.



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

HAHAHA,   So true Debo, I nominate Jim Joyce 50 games for last years Im-perfect game in Motown.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

Why don't the suspend umpires for blowing calls? Hypocritical



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Guillen suspended two games for Twitter comments

The problem is that the White Sox can't even control this nut job.

Good Luck to MLB for trying...the reality is that the White Sox should have beat them to the suspension.

Kenny Williams needs to take control or replace both him and Ozzie.

If anything it creates a reason for people to be interested in such a horsecrap team....he's the only personality on that team

Inmates running the asylum....and they wonder why they can't compete in the worst division in the AL.


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