Astros coach handed 20-game ban for brawl, A's Laureano gets six

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2020

While Cintron denies the claim, the Major League Baseball seems to believe Laureano's account. handing down the punishment Tuesday - a 20-game ban. Cintron - also given an undisclosed fine - can't appeal, so his suspension begins immediately.

Cintron released an official statement, apologizing for his part in the fight and accepting his suspension, saying he will "learn from this", but denying Laureano's claim that he referenced his mother.

Cintron - who is held to a higher standard of behavior as a coach - could face a much longer ban, sources told Passan.

Laureano, a native of the Dominican Republic, did not translate what Cintron said in Spanish, other than to say it was 'something you don't say about my mother'.

Suspensions from Sunday's benches-clearing altercation between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros were handed out on Tuesday, and they are rather lengthy. "They sacrificed their life for me".

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"Every day I wake up with the motivation to be with them", he said. Any chance I have to be with them, I feel like I'm in heaven.

"I regret charging him because he's a loser. I've got a fire inside me right away in that second".

But mainly, Laureano said he regretted that he let Cintron get him so fired up that he looked to fight someone despite MLB's strong emphasis against brawls during this pandemic-shortened season.

Laureano, 26, has started all 17 of the A's games this season, and he is hitting.263/.405/.491 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

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