NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson got a one-game suspension and an concealed great from Major League Baseball on Monday stemming from what the league stated were “inappropriate remarks” made to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson throughout Saturday’s videogame. Donaldson is appealing the penalty, MLB revealed. Donaldson would be qualified to play for the Yankees till the appeal procedure is finished. The Yankees put Donaldson on the COVID-19 hurt list priorto Monday’s videogame.
“MLB hasactually finished the procedure of speaking to the people included in this occurrence. There is no conflict over what was stated on the field,” stated Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president for on-field operations.
“Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the remark he directed towards Mr. Anderson was rude and in bad judgment, especially when seen in the context of their prior interactions. In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributing element in a bench-clearing event inbetween the groups, and warrants discipline.”
Donaldson acknowledged that he twotimes referred to Anderson as “Jackie,” declaring that he was referring to a 2019 Sports Illustrated interview in which Anderson — who is Black — stated that he feels like “today’s Jackie Robinson.”
Anderson took offense, stating: “He made a ill-mannered remark. [Donaldson] essentially attempted to call me Jackie Robinson, like, ‘What’s up, Jackie?’ I wear’t play like that. I puton’t requirement to play at all. I wasn’t truly troubling [anybody] today, however he made the remark and it was ill-mannered.”
Donaldson veryfirst made the remark while on base in the 2nd inning; Anderson and Donaldson then exchanged words in the 3rd and were quickly separated. Anderson informed his colleagues what Donaldson stated, which stimulated a circumstance inbetween Donaldson and White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal when Donaldson came to bat in the 5th.
“This videogame went through a duration of time where a lot of those remarks were made, and I believe we’re method past that. It’s simply inappropriate,” Grandal stated. “I idea it was a low blow, and I’m going to make sure I’ve got my group’s back. There’s no method you’re enabled to state something like that. It’s undesirable.”
Donaldson stated he would saysorry to Anderson, keepinginmind that Saturday was not the veryfirst time he referred to Anderson as “Jackie.” Donaldson stated that he did so in 2019, when he was a member of the Braves.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated that he does not think Donaldson had “any harmful objective,” including that “this is, simply in my viewpoint, someplace [Donaldson] must not be going.”
In the May 6, 2019, Sports Illustrated post, Anderson informed Stephanie Apstein that he felt a duty to aid break what he called baseball’s “have-fun barrier.”
“I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson,” Anderson stated in the interview. “That’s big to state. But it’s cool, male, since he altered the videogame, and I feel like I’m getting to a point where I requirement to modification the videogame.”
Tensions haveactually been high inbetween Anderson and Donaldson consideringthat a videogame at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on May 13, when both benches cleared after Anderson pushed Donaldson following a first-inning play at 3rd base. Donaldson stated that he meant for his remark to reducetheeffectsof that displeasure.
Anderson and Donaldson did not speak priorto the conclusion of the series, which ended with the White Sox sweeping the Yankees in Sunday’s doubleheader. Anderson was booed by Yankees fans in the 2nd videogame, then hushed the crowd with an opposite-field, three-run homer in the 8th inning.