Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar Following Homophobic Slur
WINNIPEG, MB – The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended their star centre fielder Kevin Pillar for two games. The ball club made the decision to bench Pillar following a confrontation with Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher, Jason Motte.
After Motte quick pitched Pillar for the final out of the inning on Wednesday, the batter took a step forward and clearly called the reliever a f****t. That lowlight was not the only incident of the ballgame either, as Jays’ releiver, Aaron Loup also broke Braves’ first baseman, Freddie Freeman’s hand with a high rising pitch. The benches also cleared following another exaggerated Jose Bautista bat flip.
An ashamed Kevin Pillar met with the media on Thursday afternoon before travelling ahead of the team to Baltimore, He commented that he instantly regretted what he said, and that there is no place in baseball for any such word like the name he called Motte.
Pillar served the first game of his suspension during Thursday’s 9-0 rout of the Braves. Thursday’s game saw Toronto’s starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman smack a homerun out of the ballpark, becoming only the second Blue Jay to ever do so, and the first with two extra base hits.
Stroman easily cruised to the victory, pitching 5 2/3 innings, while surrendering no runs. The 18-24 Blue Jays will travel to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for their 6:00 P.M. showdown with the Orioles on Friday. Pillar will rejoin the team on Saturday.
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– Carter Brooks, MyToba Sports
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