Rodolfo Castro Pirates 08/09/22 Aug 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro (14) loses his iPhone as he slides into third base against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most bizarre moments of the 2022 Major League Baseball season occurred last week when Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was seen losing his phone while sliding into third base in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At the time it was just a funny moment for MLB fans, but having a phone in a uniform is against the league’s electronic device policy and they have made a decision on disciplining Castro for the incident.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that Castro has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his violation of the policy.

Passan also added that Castro has chosen to appeal the suspension and that some MLB executives actually believe he could have received a far harsher punishment considering a phone is an easy vehicle to potentially cheat.

We have definitely seen electronic devices be used as a method of cheating in the past, most famously with the Houston Astros’ use of buzzers to indicate what pitch would be coming during their at-bats.

Given the short length of the suspension, it appears that MLB doesn’t think Castro was intentionally cheating by having his phone in his pocket. That being said, any type of suspension makes it clear they don’t want to see any electronics on players, regardless of the reason.

It remains to be seen how Castro’s appeal to the suspension will turn out, but it’s unlikely MLB is willing to budge on their n0-electronics policy.

[Jeff Passan]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.