Like all the times Mets players were hit by pitches in the first three weeks of the season, this news didn’t sit well with Buck Showalter either.
The Mets manager was stunned that Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp was not suspended for his role in Wednesday’s teams skirmish in St. Louis. He asked reporters what discipline the cardinals received, expecting Clapp to have received some sort of suspension, which he did not.
“Nothing? Really?” said an angry Showalter Friday before the Mets opened a three-game series with the Phillies at Citi Field. “Understood.”
Clapp took Pete Alonso to the ground mid-melee after both benches were cleared after an up-and-in fastball by Mets relief Yoan Lopez to Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado. The pitch was believed to be retaliation for JD Davis being thrown on the foot/ankle area in the previous inning.
Arenado and Cardinals pitcher Genesis Cabrera were each suspended. Arenado received two games and Cabrera one.
The Mets have hit 19 league-highs in 20 games earlier in the season.
Earlier in the day, the Mets met with MLB officials to discuss the range of pitches their players have taken this year. Former pitcher Dan Otero joined MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword to discuss the issue.
“A lot of good give and take,” Showalter said.
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