According to ESPN reporter Jeff Passan, Castro was suspended for one game and fined for violating MLB’s policy.
However, the player will appeal against the league’s decision.
“Rodolfo Castro is appealing his one-game suspension. Some officials wondered whether it warranted a longer suspension – cell phones are potentially excellent vehicles to deceive, this is MLB’s chance to say: No. MLB apparently relied on Castro’s explanation that this was an accident,” Pasan tweeted.
Rodolfo Castro is appealing for a one-game suspension. Some executives wondered whether it warranted a longer suspension—cell phones are potentially excellent vehicles to deceive, this is MLB’s chance to say: no. MLB apparently relied on Castro’s explanation that it was an accident.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) 16 August 2022
If we get creative, cell phones can actually be used to cheat in some way or another.
However, there is not enough evidence to support the claim that he did so, and is therefore appealing for suspension and fines: he believes he did nothing wrong.
One of the funniest scenes of the 2022 season
It was a strange sight to see on the basepath, and a bit strange too.
But it is unlikely that this is linked to fraud of any kind.
Castro, who made his MLB debut in 2021, can play second base and shortstop.
He has been an average MLB hitter in 2022, falling short of .239/.300/.402 with two homers and two stolen bases.
He also has eight runs and five RBIs.
He is not seen as a future star, but at 23, he remains young and well enough to pursue a career as a utility fielder.
He certainly had one of the most curious suspensions in MLB history.
We can’t think of any other player being fined or penalized for carrying a cell phone on the field with them.
It’s one of those plays that we’ll probably remember and laugh about in a few years.