The Seattle Mariners, absolutely livid over catcher Steve Clevenger’s racist and hurtful remarks spewed on Twitter, officially suspended him without pay Friday for the remainder of the season.
Unofficially, he will never again wear the Mariners’ uniform.
The only question now is whether he will ever play again in Major League Baseball. Would any team offer him a contract this winter and dare bring him to their spring-training camp?
Clevenger may indeed play again, but it’s not going to be in this country.
This isn’t a star player who committed an act of domestic violence. This isn’t a player who was busted for performance-enhancing drugs. This is a 30-year-old backup catcher, with a career .227 batting average, hanging on for dear life to his fading baseball career.