The Cincinnati Reds were unhappy with the way Luke Voit slid into Tyler Stephenson. In a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Viot swung his bat and hit an unnecessary slide that would have injured Stephenson had he been able to continue playing in the field. The Reds filed a complaint after this play and it will be interesting to see if MLB decides on any punishment for Vito when they review their rules later today.,
The Reds are furious with Padres slugger Luke Voit for colliding with Cincinnati catcher Tyler Stephenson at home plate on Tuesday, which resulted in Stephenson’s concussion.
“It was filthy as f—- the way his hands struck him,” Reds outfielder Tommy Pham told reporters. “It doesn’t appeal to me at all.” It was filthy the way [Voit’s] hands smacked [Stephenson] in the face.
“If Luke wants to settle it, I’m really good at it. Muay Thai, boxing, anything. I’ve found a [gym] owner who is willing to let me utilize his space.”
While attempting to score from first on Jurickson Profar’s double, Voit collided with Stephenson. Voit lifted his arms as he entered his slide and then slammed them down hard onto Stephenson’s skull as he landed.
The Reds appealed the decision, but umpires determined that Voit’s slide was clean.
“We didn’t need the challenge, therefore it didn’t affect us,” Bell said. “That occurred to me that it may have been an unlawful slide. That doesn’t rule out the possibility that Voit did it on purpose.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin remarked, “The ball takes him straight into Luke.” “There’s nowhere to run, and I believe Luke was just putting his hands up to defend himself. They did it right, in my opinion.”
Stephenson’s teammates, on the other hand, were not in agreement with the management.
Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer remarked, “Looking back at the video, I’m not too thrilled with the slide.” “It’s not every day that you see a runner slip in and grab someone’s head and smash it to the ground.” Usually, you’re attempting to reach for the bag. Perhaps that’s what he was attempting. Looking at the tape, it seemed to be a wrestling move to Tyler’s head, therefore he was taken down.
“I’ve caught before, and it’s a dangerous move, particularly with a big player like Voit on the other side. On a slide, I’ve never seen someone’s hands go to a catcher’s head.”
After the game, Stephenson was put in the concussion protocol, which means he will be out for at least seven days. Stephenson, 25, seemed to be “doing great,” according to Bell, but the organization was worried about the third-year catcher.
After colliding with Luke Voit in the first inning, Tyler Stephenson was put in the concussion protocol and will be out for at least seven days. Orlando Ramirez is a reporter for USA TODAY Sports.
Pham, a former Padre and a St. Louis Cardinals teammate of Voit’s, renewed his invitation to “fix” the problem with Voit at a nearby gym.
Pham said, “I don’t like anything.” “They are free to say whatever they want. Everyone on that side knows I’m a downer. I have a home here, and I have a contact who will allow me use his gym if we need to settle anything… That game was filthy.”
The Reds and Padres will finish their three-game series in San Diego on Wednesday afternoon before meeting again in Cincinnati next week for a three-game series.