Tyler Flowers Pointed Directly At Jose Bautista To Order His Plunking

CF Kevin Pillar was suspended two days without pay by the Blue Jays for shouting a homophobic slur at Braves RHP Jason Motte during a heating exchange Wednesday. Major League Baseball officials were already on high alert prior to this game, and likely made an extra effort to ensure an Odor-Bautista fight wouldn’t suddenly break out.

In the following inning, they emptied again after Jays slugger Jose Bautista flipped his bat following a home run and then had words with Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki when he reached home plate.

Toronto’s Kendrys Morales was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs.

After the game, Pillar, a 28-year-old American, apologized for his actions.

The more contrite apology followed remarks he had made in the locker room following the slur in which he had called it “part of the game”. He’s never had run ins before with things like that, and it’s obvious that Pillar let his emotions get the best of him in a heated moment.

Pillar also apologized Thursday on Twitter.

He sent out another statement on Thursday, saying: “Last night [Wednesday], following my at-bat in the seventh inning, I used inappropriate language towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte”.

“I felt good, which is what makes it so disappointing”, Teheran said.

“We know Kevin to be a respectful high-character individual who we hope will learn from this situation and continue to positive contribute and live up to our values on and off the field”.

The Blue Jays had said in a statement on Thursday (18 May): ‘In no way is this kind of behavior accepted of tolerated, nor is it a reflection of the type of inclusive organization we strive to be.

This penalty was administered by the team and not Major League Baseball which may have penalties of their own.

Pillar will not be paid for either game which amounts to about $6,066 of his $550,000 salary and he will also pay an undisclosed fine.

“We’re in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline is appropriate”, Manfred said.

Blue Jays fans can go back to September 2012 when Yunel Escobar was suspended for having slurs written on his black stickers in a game against the Boston Red Sox.

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