Javier Baez reportedly facing fine for taunting pitcher after walk-off hit

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(670 The Score) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez’s exuberant celebration on his walk-off single off Reds reliever Amir Garrett on Monday night will cost him in the wallet.

Baez will draw a fine from MLB for his antics but won’t be suspended, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reported Wednesday. After hitting a towering fly ball to center field that went for a long single with the bases loaded and out out, Baez screamed at his nemesis Garrett and walked slowly – really, really slowly – to first base. He also tossed his bat in the vicinity of Garrett.

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On Tuesday, Cubs manager David Ross acknowledged a suspension was a possibility for Baez. Ross discussed the matter with the league office before it issued discipline.

The beef between Baez and Garrett traces back to at least 2019. More recently, they had a run-in and war of words on May 1, when Baez got upset by Garrett’s celebratory antics on the mound and got into a shouting match with him, which led to the benches clearing.