3:07 p.m .: The league announced the suspensions. Cintron’s will begin immediately. Laureano is appealing his suspension, so his sentence will be suspended until the end of the appeal process.
1:52 p.m .: Laureano actually received a six-game suspension, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
13:41: Major League Baseball to announce Astros to hit coach Alex Cintron and athletics vaulter Ramon laureano were suspended for their role in this week’s brawl between the two teams. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that Cintron will receive a 20-game suspension, while Laureano will be suspended for five games (Twitter connections). Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, meanwhile, tweets that Laureano’s penalty is still being finalized, so the sum of the five games may not yet be frozen. No official announcement has been made but figures will follow shortly.
Cintron’s punishment is the heaviest ever imposed on a trainer. The former big leaguer was clearly seen goading Laureano from the dugout after Laureano took first base after the second time he was hit by a pitch in Sunday’s game. Laureano had choice words for the Houston pitcher Humberto Castellanos as he made his way to first base but initially took no action towards the Astros. Cintron, however, persisted with verbal pikes and took a step towards Laureano, seemingly daring him to engage in an altercation. Laureano eventually lost his temper and gave in to Cintron’s prompting.
The result, of course, was the exact type of situation Major League Baseball sought to avoid in the midst of this pandemic-interrupted season: a field brawl in which members of both clubs were in direct physical contact – a lot. without mask or face cover. houston wide receiver Dustin Garneau, a former Laureano teammate in Oakland, quickly tackled him to the ground and said he did so in an attempt to defuse the situation. Other members of the two organizations quickly separated the parties involved and managed to quell the din, but the suspensions of Cintron and Laureano, the two central figures in the brawl, have been widely anticipated since the incident.
For the A’s, losing Laureano for almost a week is significant in a shortened season. The former Astros farm worker was acquired at minimal cost after the 2017 season, but has blossomed as a star since his Oakland debut in 2017. A standout defender with a rocket arm, Laureano has thrived also proved to be a legitimate threat on the bases and at home plate. In 731 career home plate appearances, he’s a 0.286 / 0.351 / 0.507 hitter with 32 homers and 21 interceptions. He’s arguably on the best start of his career in 2020, cutting .263 / .405 / .491 in 74 home plate appearances.
Laureano can still appeal the sanction and request a reduced suspension, which appears to be the case. Assuming he’s still hanging around at some point, As’s can turn to Marc Canha again in the center field or recall one of the Skye Bolt, Luis Barrera Where Dustin Fowler from their alternative site.