Chris Perez plans to appeal the fine MLB hit him with on Thursday for a provocative tweet he sent out after the Indians and Royals cleared the benches twice for confrontations in last Saturday's game. The Commissioner's Office dinged him $750 for tweeting, "Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It's not "Our Time', it's TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we it you. Period." The league ruled that the tweet showed a reckless disregard for player safety. Perez vehemently disagrees with that judgment and went public with his thoughts on Thursday, via Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer:â†µ
"I'm still kind of baffled that I got fined more than someone who got thrown out of the game," said Perez. "How do you justify that? [Hannahan] got thrown out of the game for being aggressive and instigating and he got fined less than I did? "But I showed reckless disregard for safety? I just don't understand."â†µ
Perez will apparently fight the fine, telling Jordan Bastian that it's about "principle." Ugh. He then took it overboard and starting citing his rights:â†µ
"It's freedom of speech," said Perez. "I felt I was within my rights as an American."â†µ
Just let it go, Chris.â†µ
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