St. Louis Cardinals player Yadier Molina had to be retained on Sunday after Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo pointed to the catcher while discussing a third strike called against outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Molina was initially restrained by squad referee Tim Timmons and then by manager Mike Matheny after both benches cleared during the incident, which occurred at the top of the second inning.
"(Lovullo) called me m- —- f —– twice," Molina said after the game, that the Diamondbacks won 4-1, according to KPNX-TV. "If you're going to call someone to be ready to fight"
Molina said he expects Major League Baseball to consider fine Lovullo for his comments.
"You can not talk to a player like that or a referee, you have to be a professional," he said, according to MLB.com.
Lovullo was expelled for leaving the dugout to discuss bullets and blows. Timmons, in comments to a group reporter, said Molina's contact with him "incidental" in explaining why the receiver was not expelled.
Lovullo acknowledged after the game that he "used a bad choice of words" but said he had "maximum respect" for Molina.
"The first thing I want to say is that I respect Yadier Molina a lot, he is one of the best receivers that the game has seen," he said.
"I was just going to talk about something with the referee and he was referring to something and he used a bad choice of words and was offended by it, I wish I could get back what I said but it was not really directed at him. a term from me saying that I respect him at that level because he's getting certain things because he's so good, "he said.
He acknowledged that "he was frustrated by what he was seeing" and "probably took things too far". . "
Victory was the hundredth of Lovullo as manager of the Diamondbacks.