5 thoughts from the week in baseball: MLB needs to take action against Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo – Chicago Tribune

Five thoughts from the second week of the baseball season:

1. Watch your words

It’s simple, really.

Major League Baseball needs to suspend Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and send a message that his punkish behavior is not acceptable.

Lovullo apologized for calling Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina an unprintable name during an argument with umpire Tim Timmons on Sunday afternoon, but you have to wonder if he would’ve admitted it had it not been caught on camera.

The words enraged Molina, and rightfully so, causing him to go at Lovullo before being separated.

“I have the utmost respect for Molina,” Lovullo said afterward. “I used a poor choice of words and he took offense to it. I wish I could take back what I said.”

Lovullo maintained he was not saying anything “to” Molina but admitted he was “referencing him in a wrong way.”

Whatever he meant, Lovullo needs to be disciplined immediately.

Managers are allowed to get overheated and put on crazy displays on the field. It’s a part of the game I miss since replay challenges came into existence and drastically reduced the number of confrontations between managers and umpires.

But a manager can’t call an opposing player an obscene name without expecting a punch in the mouth, a fine and a suspension.

“He called me (expletive) twice,” Molina told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If you’re going to call (that) to a guy, you’ve got to be ready to fight. And he pointed at me too. That’s unprofessional. Hopefully we can meet face to face and see if he’s got some (fortitude) and can tell me (why) right to my face.”

Lovullo was lucky Molina didn’t get to him. The brawl could have gotten ugly and players could have been injured.

A fine isn’t enough. Give Lovullo a

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