Astros hitting coach faces suspension over Oakland incident

Ross Houston
August 13, 2020

Laureano showed some contrition about the incident, saying "I regret charging (Cintron) because he's a loser", adding that he expects a suspension but hopes "it's not many games".

Cintron also received an undisclosed fine and his suspension begins immediately.

"I accept MLB's suspension and will learn from this", Cintron said in a statement.

Following a near-fight with the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July, Sunday's brawl was Houston's second incident of the season following the revelation of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and 2018. However, Cintron reportedly uttered a disgusting remark about Laureano's mother and challenged him, reigniting the tensions which set off the benches-clearing brawl. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players.

Laureano was suspended six games for his role in the altercation. "They made the tough decision to let their own kid go to the States by himself and follow his own dreams". Any chance I have to be with them, I feel like I'm in heaven.

Following the game, Laureano said Cintron directed an expletive at him, which he returned.

According to Nightengale, the 20-game suspension is believed to be the longest for an Major League Baseball coach (not a manager). "He said he regretted charging the dugout". "Players must not make physical contact with others for any reason unless it occurs in normal and permissible game action".

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