MLB fines Cubs' Javy Báez for taunting Reds' Amir Garrett

MLB fines Cubs' Javy Báez for taunting Reds' Amir Garrett

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Báez fined, no suspension for taunting Garrett originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Major League Baseball fined Cubs shortstop Javy Báez an undisclosed amount for taunting Amir Garrett in a celebration in Monday’s win over the Reds.

Báez avoided a suspension.

Báez hit a walk-off single vs. Garrett in the ninth inning Monday, yelling at the Reds lefty as he walked up the first base line. He rocked his bat back and forth in a sweeping motion, later gesturing for Garrett to leave the field.

The Cubs shortstop has been out of the starting lineup each game against the Reds this week due to a bruised left heel.

Báez and Garrett have shared several heated moments in recent seasons, two of which have led to bench-clearing incidents, including in May 2021. 

Garrett struck out Anthony Rizzo, directing a celebration at Rizzo and drawing the ire of Báez, who hopped the Cubs’ dugout rail.

Garrett was fined and served a five-game suspension after that incident, while Báez was fined.

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