METS:”Star Outfielder Suspended Indefinitely for Shocking Behavior!”

New York Mets pitcher Yohan Ramírez and manager Carlos Mendoza have each been suspended after Major League Baseball ruled that Ramírez intentionally pitched at Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins on Saturday, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Ramírez has been suspended three games, though he is appealing, while Mendoza was suspended one game and will serve his punishment on Sunday.

Ramírez was ejected from Saturday’s game after throwing at Hoskins in the seventh inning. There was plenty of background to the pitch.

During the Opening Day matchup between the teams on Friday, Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil took issue with a Hoskins slide into second base, clearly feeling it was dirty, though official replay found no infraction on Hoskins’ part.

That led to the benches clearing, an animated McNeil cursing at Hoskins and the Brewers’ first baseman pantomiming a crybaby gesture in response.

Hoskins said after Friday’s game that he didn’t understand what McNeil was upset about, while McNeil claimed that Hoskins has a history of dirty slides:

That set the stage for Saturday. Hoskins—who is no stranger to a rivalry with the Mets after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies—absolutely torched New York, going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.

He implied that he didn’t believe the pitch that sailed past his head was an accident.

“Big leaguers don’t miss by eight feet,” he told reporters. “… Yeah. Whether it was on purpose or not, that’s not for me to decide. I really don’t care. But this game has had a way of policing itself for many, many, many years. So let’s focus on doing it the right way if we’re going to do that.”

Ramírez argued that he lost grip on his sinker, leading to the wild pitch.

“I was trying to throw my sinker inside, and sometimes when I try to get it too in, the ball just runs, honestly,” he said. “With this type of weather, I don’t have the grip that I’m accustomed to having. At that point, the ball just ran. But I wasn’t trying to hit him.”

Major League Baseball clearly wasn’t buying the explanation.

NEW YORK — New York Mets pitcher Yohan Ramírez and manager Carlos Mendoza were suspended by Major League Baseball on Sunday after it was determined Ramirez intentionally threw at Rhys Hoskins of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ramírez was suspended for three games and Mendoza for one, said Michael Hall, MLB senior vice president for on-field operations, and both were fined.

Mendoza will serve his suspension Sunday, the last game in the season-opening series between New York and Milwaukee at Citi Field and his third as a major league manager.

Home plate umpire Lance Barrett ejected Ramírez for throwing at Hoskins in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 7-6 loss Saturday, a day after Hoskins’ hard slide at second caused a confrontation with infielder Jeff McNeil on Opening Day.

Ramírez’s first pitch to Hoskins sailed behind the right-handed hitter, who dropped his bat and glared as the reliever raced to pick up the ball, which caromed off the backstop.

Hoskins had a two-run single in the first, a two-run homer in the third, then singled and scored on a balk in the fifth before Ramírez entered the game.

Ramírez said he was not intentionally throwing at Hoskins after the game.

New York Mets pitcher Drew Smith has been given a 10-game suspension following his ejection on Tuesday for the apparent use of a sticky substance on his hands.

Michael Hill, MLB’s Senior Vice President of On-Field Operations, announced the decision which also includes an undisclosed fine for violating the prohibitions on foreign substances.

Players are permitted to use sweat and rosin on their hands, but too much of either substance is illegal in the MLB and could lead to an ejection.

Smith told reporters after the game that he had used the same amount of rosin he usually does and has experienced no other issues so far this season.

“My hands weren’t sticky,” Smith said. “The process is so arbitrary. It can change from one crew to the other. I think that’s the main issue. It just sucks for the team not having a guy for 10 days.”

In 2021, MLB introduced a new rule that meant players ejected due to sticky substances can be suspended for 10 days.

Smith’s Mets teammate Max Scherzer was ejected for the same reason earlier this season.

“We’re all angry about this one,” Scherzer told reporters after the game. “If you feel his hand, you don’t feel anything.”

Smith was stopped for a routine check in the seventh innings of the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, before having his hands checked by all four umpires.

According to MLB.com, crew chief Bill Miller told reporters: “I don’t know what it [the substance] was, I just know it was sticky.”

The Mets will not be able to replace Smith for the 10-game stretch, according to MLB rules.

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