White Sox’s Tim Anderson to be suspended for altercation after bat toss, HBP

first_imgSo about that “let the kids play” thing …White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, whose bat toss after a home run Wednesday against the Royals triggered a pay-back HBP by pitcher Brad Keller and benches-clearing scrum, will be suspended one game for his part in the incident, MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre announced Friday. In addition to the one-game suspension, Anderson was fined an undisclosed amount “for his conduct after the benches cleared.” According to ESPN, Anderson used a racial slur, calling Keller a “weak-ass f—ing n-word.” White Sox manager Rick Renteria also received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his “aggressive actions” during the incident.  Renteria’s suspension is to be served Friday night, when the White Sox continue their road series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNKeller’s — who was suspended for five games — and Anderson’s suspensions are subject to appeal, Torre noted. If either elects to file an appeal, then discipline will be delayed until the process is complete.Anderson on Wednesday punctuated his fourth-inning blast off Keller with the forceful bat toss, drawing the Royals’ anger.Tim Anderson with a savage bat flip 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ucAWS3uB93— Daily Dingers (@BCNDailyDingers) April 17, 2019When Anderson came to bat in the bottom of the sixth, Keller hit him in the hip with a fastball and tempers flared as the benches emptied. Benches clear in Royals-White Sox after Brad Keller hits Tim Anderson in the 6th inning. pic.twitter.com/u9IhZ56AvP— MLB (@MLB) April 17, 2019Anderson and Keller ultimately were ejected, as were Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum, who got into a shoving match off to the side of the on-field scrum.The AL Central rivals squared off over an Anderson home run last April as well.The Royals won Wednesday’s game, 4-3, in extra innings, and a discussion about baseball’s so-called unwritten rules regarding bat flips has been simmering since.Tim Anderson said he’ll continue to play hard, keep it fun and give fans what they want. pic.twitter.com/vphzNsfjAu— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) April 17, 2019last_img

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