Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was removed from Friday night's game against the Rockies after just one at-bat, a strikeout, because he threw a temper tantrum in the tunnel afterward. In fact, he shattered a bat and pieces of the bat struck both catcher Gerald Laird and manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Johnson was immediately removed from the game by Gonzalez. Here's Johnson discussing the incident after the game, showing contrition:
This isn't anything new with Johnson. He was benched for two games in April due to his temper and also had a run-in with first-base coach Terry Pendleton last September for similar actions. Remember this?
It's good that Johnson is apologetic and seems to recognize he needs to stop having these violent meltdowns, but it's about time to stop doing them. Words can only go so far. He's a grown man. He's 29 years old. This type of behavior is something that isn't even acceptable from children.
In fact, it seems like he's been given a relative pass to this point. Put it this way: What if Yasiel Puig shattered a bat that hit a teammate?