The penalty is a pittance compared with the Twitter fines imposed by the National Basketball Association, but Major League Baseball still sent a message to Cleveland Indians Pitcher Chris Perez about proper online decorum by fining him $750.
Perez’s transgression: “a reckless disregard for the safety of the players on both clubs.” After a game against the Kansas City Royals that included a bench-clearing scuffle, he tweeted: “You hit us, we hit you. Period.”
Although the fine is minor, Perez said he may appeal it on principle. “I don’t want to just lie down and let them have full reign because right now there are no guidelines, so how are we supposed to know?” he said. “That’s what I want to get out of it. If I crossed the line, fine, but what’s the line?”