Pirates Pitcher Aroldis Chapman Suspended 2 Games for Argument with Umpire

Aroldis Chapman suspended 2 games by MLB after heated argument with umpire, raising concerns about his emotional control and the Pirates' bullpen situation.

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Pirates Pitcher Aroldis Chapman Suspended 2 Games for Argument with Umpire

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball (MLB) after a heated argument with home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso led to his ejection during Monday night's game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The suspension, announced by MLB's senior vice president for on-field operations Michael Hill, is set to begin on Friday when the Pirates are scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox.

The incident occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning after Chapman recorded an out, but a wild pitch allowed the Mets to score two runs, making it a two-run game. Chapman was then ejected from the 6-3 loss to the Mets for arguing balls and strikes with Moscoso. Pirates manager Derek Shelton stated that Chapman "evidently said something that the umpire did not like" leading to his ejection.

MLB reviewed the incident and decided to suspend Chapman for the next two games as a result of his "inappropriate actions" during the confrontation with the umpire. The 36-year-old Chapman is in his first season with the Pirates after signing a one-year, $10.5 million deal in free agency. He has a record of 0-1 and has appeared in nine games so far this season, posting a 4.76 ERA in 5 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and six walks.

Why this matters: Chapman's suspension highlights the ongoing tension between players and umpires in MLB. It also raises questions about the veteran pitcher's ability to control his emotions on the mound and be a reliable closer for the Pirates this season.

The suspension will cover the Pirates' games against the Boston Red Sox on Friday and Saturday, unless Chapman decides to appeal. If he appeals, the suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeals process is complete. The Pirates may need to reassess their bullpen situation with Chapman potentially out for the next few games and two-time All-Star David Bednar also struggling early in the season.

Key Takeaways

  • Pitcher Aroldis Chapman suspended 2 games, fined by MLB for arguing with umpire.
  • Incident occurred after wild pitch allowed Mets to score 2 runs in 8th inning.
  • Chapman's suspension to begin Friday when Pirates host Red Sox, unless he appeals.
  • Chapman's suspension raises questions about his emotional control and closer role.
  • Pirates may need to reassess bullpen with Chapman and David Bednar struggling.