Phillies reliever Josè Alvarado suspended three games for ‘incitement’ to clear bench against Mets
The benches cleared Friday night in Philadelphia when spirits erupted between Phillies reliever José Alvarado and Mets outfielder Dominic Smith. Alvarado hit Smith and turned his back to celebrate, but when he turned around he was greeted with screams. Then the benches were released. Images:
MLB released a statement on Sunday that Alvarado was suspended for three games for “incitement” to the incident:
Philadelphia Phillies reliever José Alvarado received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for prompting a bench clearance incident after the start of the eighth inning of Friday night’s home game against the Mets. New York at Citizens Bank Park. Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president for field operations, made the announcement.
Smith and Mets reliever Miguel Castro – who tossed the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins after the dusting – has been given undisclosed fines.
Alvarado, 25, is having a strong season for the Phillies, who enter a tie for first place on Sunday despite scoring under .500 at 13-14. He pitched a 1.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in eight innings pitched.
Interestingly, Alvarado was suspended, but Smith was not. While Alvarado certainly contributed to the incident with his celebration that some would find excessive, nothing would have happened if no one on the Mets had reacted. Phillies coach Joe Girardi said the league “felt he was originally, but that doesn’t make everyone come out of the dugout.” (via NBC Sports Philadelphia)
The Phillies and Mets will fight again on Sunday night. Since Alvarado has appealed the suspension, he will be available. Maybe we’ll see a rematch between Alvarado and Smith.