Rodolfo Castro had an embarrassing moment the day he was called up to the Pirates on Aug. 9, when his cell phone fell out of his back pocket on a headfirst slide into third against the Diamondbacks.
After an umpire helpfully pointed it out, Castro quickly smuggled the phone away, but the damage was done.
Castro was suspended for a game and fined Tuesday by MLB for violating league policy and having a foreign object on the field.
He was contrite after the game in his explanation. “I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cell phone,” he said through an interpreter, via ESPN. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”
Rodolfo Castro was safe at third, his phone was not 📞😅
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 10, 2022
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Castro will be appealing the suspension, which according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, some executives felt was light due to MLB’s recent history with cheating.
Rodolfo Castro is appealing his one-game suspension. Some executives wondered whether it warranted a longer suspension — cell phones being potentially excellent vehicles to cheat, this MLB’s chance to say: don’t. MLB clearly believed Castro’s explanation that it was an accident.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 16, 2022
Castro has been a fringe MLB player for the Pirates, and is hitting .239/.300/.402 with two home runs. He has heated up in the last week, hitting .381/.409/.762.
Clearly, MLB believed Castro’s explanation, which was basically “it happens” despite some team executives’ apparent reservations about giving him one game. Sometimes, it’s best to own up to your mistakes.