Pirates infielder receives one-time suspension

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A few days ago, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro had a cell phone in his back pocket, which fell to the ground after a play at third base.

According to ESPN reporter Jeff Passan, Castro was suspended for one game and fined for violating MLB policy.

The player will, however, appeal the league’s decision.

“Rodolfo Castro is appealing his one-game suspension. Some executives have questioned whether this warrants a longer suspension — with cell phones potentially great vehicles for cheating, this MLB’s opportunity to say don’t MLB clearly believed Castro’s explanation that it was an accident,” Passan tweeted.

If we get creative, cell phones can indeed be used to cheat in one way or another.

However, there is not enough evidence to support the claim that he did this, and that is why he is appealing the suspension and the fine: he thinks he did nothing of badness.

One of the funniest scenes of the 2022 season

It was a weird scene to see on base paths, and a bit funny too.

But it is unlikely to be related to any form of cheating.

Castro, who made his MLB debut in 2021, can play second base and shortstop.

He was an average MLB hitter in 2022, batting .239/.300/.402 with two home runs and two stolen bases.

He also has eight runs and five RBIs.

He’s not considered a future star, but at 23, he’s still young and good enough to carve out a career as a utility infielder.

It was certainly one of the most curious suspensions in MLB history.

We can’t think of any other players fined or punished for taking a mobile phone onto the pitch with him.

It’s one of those plays that we’ll probably remember and make fun of in a few years.

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