Reds' Joey Votto suspended two games for tirade, has appealed

Earlier this week, Reds first baseman Joey Votto snapped after disagreeing with several strike calls and then not being granted timeout by home plate umpire Bill Welke.

Here's the series of calls and then the ensuing altercation.

It's not surprising to see Votto suspended. Here's the official league announcement:

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions following his ejection in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Wednesday, September 9thgame against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Votto’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Reds are to continue their home series against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, he has elected to file an appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Votto will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Reminder: There's still a subset of fans that claim Votto doesn't care enough about playing baseball.

Anyway, Votto was clearly pouting about the strike calls when he was asking for time, but that's a ridiculous ejection by Welke. Just grant him time and let him look silly. Instead, Welke tosses Votto and escalates the situation. Total #umpshow.

The flip-side of that is Votto going above and beyond in his tirade after the ejection. It's actually a bit surprising that he was only suspended for two games.

Moving forward, this suspension could be a big deal when it comes to the playoff race. If Votto didn't appeal, he would have missed two games against the Cardinals Friday and Saturday. They also face the Cardinals Sept. 21-23, the Mets Sept. 24-27, the Nationals Sept. 28, the Cubs Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and the Pirates in the final three games of the season.

Would Votto drop the appeal and serve his two games against the Brewers next weekend? That would seem to be great sportsmanship regarding the playoff race. Votto is, after all, far and away the Reds best player. He's hitting .317/.460/.561 thanks in part to a monster second half (.392/.568/.705).

Joey Votto was ejected by Tim Welke on Wednesday.
Joey Votto was ejected by Bill Welke on Wednesday. (USATSI)
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