Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez is the season’s first reported violator of Major League Baseball’s new Twitter policy.
Perez has been fined $750 for a tweet last Saturday night after a heated game with the Kansas City Royals that included two heated exchanges and three ejections between the teams, he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB’s dean of discipline, fined Perez 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 hit you. Period.”
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The Royals’ marketing campaign is based on the “Our Time.”
Garagiola said in a letter to Perez he “demonstrated a reckless disregard for the players on both clubs.”
Perez told the Plain-Dealer he has read MLB’s and the Indians’ social media policies and defended his tweet.
“It’s freedom of speech,” Perez said. “I felt I was within my rights as an American.”