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MLB suspends New York Yankees Josh Donaldson for one game over comments from Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson

MLB suspends New York Yankees Josh Donaldson for one game over comments from Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson

Major League Baseball suspended New York Yankees III player Josh Donaldson 1 game due to “inappropriate comments” made on the Chicago White Sox Shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday.

Donaldson, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, has appealed the sentence, the MLB announced Monday. He will be eligible to play for the Yankees until the appeal process is complete. Shortly before the suspension was announced, the Yankees said Donaldson had been placed on a list of those infected with COVID-19.

“MLB has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incident,” Michael Hill, MLB’s vice president of field operations, said in a statement. “There is no dispute as to what was said in the field. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he made to Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their previous interactions. In addition, Mr. . .Donaldson’s remark was A contributing factor to the incident of vacating the bench between the two teams, and it calls for discipline.”

White Sox coach Ethan Katz didn’t think the penalty kick was enough.

“Only one match. We all saw his third place grudge a week ago and then this suspension with a ridiculous excuse followed. What is the point or message behind the one match suspension? This is so frustrating and incredibly frustrating.” chirp.

Donaldson admitted after Saturday’s game that he called Anderson “Jackie” – a reference to Jackie Robinson, who broke the MLB color barrier in 1947 – in the first half. The Yankees’ third baseman apologized, saying he didn’t mean to be disrespectful.

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But Anderson, who is Black, said Saturday he was offended by Donaldson’s comment, calling it “disrespectful” and “unnecessary.” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said on Saturday he believed Donaldson’s comment was “racist”.

Donaldson, who is white, said Jackie’s comment was in reference to a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated in which Anderson described himself as feeling like “Jackie Robinson today” in how he got to the point where I need to change the game. Donaldson said it’s been a “joking” about her with Anderson in the past.

Yankees player Aaron Judge He said Donaldson made a “mistake”.

“You know, joke or not… I don’t think it’s the right thing to do there, especially given the history, especially the series in Chicago, sort of beef between JD and Anderson is one of my best short stops,” Judge said. in the game and a big part of MLB and what’s going on here and how we can develop the game.”

“GD, for that one-game suspension, yeah I don’t know. JD got it wrong and own it, now we have to move on,” he said.

Judge, who leads the top teams with 17 home runs after scoring two more goals on Monday night in a 6-4 loss to Baltimore, Donaldson said he spoke to the team after the incident.

“GD is a professional,” he said. “So he talked to all of us and showed us what he was referring to, I think, in a 2019 interview that TA did.” “But I still don’t think it was the right move at all.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he disagrees with the MLB’s decision.

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“I think they were thoughtful and did their due diligence on the matter and made what was a tough decision. I don’t agree with it. I don’t think it warrants comment, but I certainly respect their actions,” he said.

The Major League Soccer Yankees will head to Tampa Bay for a four-game run starting Thursday after a three-game series in Baltimore.

Donaldson had clashed with the White Sox on multiple occasions prior to this weekend.

Seats were also emptied on May 13 after Anderson pushed Donaldson after a hard sign in Chicago. White Sox Ice Lucas Giolito He used an expletive to describe Donaldson as a “scourge” last year after the third baseman appeared to scream “It’s not sticky anymore!”.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.