Let’s go back to April 3. On that day, Cincinnati Reds midfielder Nick Castellanos suffered a throw from the Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford. He would eventually score on a wild grass field later in the inning, and then stand flexing in front of the Cardinals painkillers. That touched a bench tackle a shove match where Castellanos was the only player ejected and suspended for his actions.
Naturally, Major League Baseball decided that Castellanos’ move, while not fitting the diamond, was a perfect marketing opportunity. They include that moment as part of they look back in the first half of the MLB season on Facebook.
MLB hypocrisy continues with Cincinnati Reds quarterback Nick Castellanos
Essentially, with their ruling, the federation argued that such actions had no place in the game. They don’t mock that level, no matter the circumstances, to being part of the game. However, it is perfectly acceptable to replay that clip over and over and use it as part of a video promoting the highlights of the first half.
But that’s how things go with MLB. PED is now banned, but this league absolutely loves the pinnacle of the Steroid Era and the skyrocketing attention the hosts have received. Using foreign substances to test balls has been illegal since 1920, but the federation has decided to aggressively enforce that regulation now, although videos showing ridiculous movements on the field continue. continue to attract the attention of the game.
In the end, that’s how the league works. Anything that can be exploited for more revenue or more positive attention, no matter what they say about such incidents in public. Castellanos flexing on the pitcher is bad, but it makes a point.
As for Castellanos? Well, the suspension and the hypocrisy of the league have had nothing to do with him this season other than he has missed a few games. He made his first All Star Garme and posted a .330 / .384 / .583 hit in 367 appearances on his plate on Saturday, hitting 18 home players and 29 hits double. He leads the National League in points average, doubles and total chances in a breakout season.
Major League Baseball had a problem with Cincinnati Reds midfielder Nick Castellanos getting past Jake Woodford. But it was a perfect moment for a tournament-approved highlight video.