No suspension for Cubs’ Javier Báez for incident vs. Reds

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez was not suspended for his role in a benches-clearing incident last Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds despite climbing over a dugout railing onto the field and appearing to challenge Reds reliever Amir Garrett to a fight at the outset of a skirmish between the teams during the eighth inning.

The benches clear after Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) struck out Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) in the eighth inning of the baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Garrett is appealing the seven-game suspension Major League Baseball announced Tuesday, per The Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale. Báez received an undisclosed fine.

Bally Sports Ohio analyst Chris Welsh said during the Reds Live postgame show after the Reds' 3-2 loss last Saturday to the Cubs that he thought Báez should have been ejected. "I can't believe Báez didn't get thrown out of the game actually for jumping over the railing and onto the field," Welsh said during the broadcast. "That ought to be an infraction. I'm a little surprised - maybe the umpires will get reprimanded for not doing something about that."

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