Friday, 23 August, 2019

Keller suspended 5 games, Anderson, Renteria 1 each for fray

Tim Anderson's home run and bat flip lead to kerfuffle between White Sox, Royals Report: MLB suspends SS Anderson
Cary Erickson | 22 April, 2019, 06:33

According to Stadium, Anderson will be suspended for his role in the dust-up, which started after he was hit by a pitch in apparent response to a bat toss after hitting a home run.

The Royals went on to defeat the White Sox on Wednesday in a 10-inning 4-3 win. The benches and bullpens emptied, and players and coaches exchanged words and light shoves before umpires broke them up. The confrontation appeared to calm down after a couple minutes, but then Renteria had to be held back while yelling at Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred, who appeared to be jawing at Anderson. He sat out Friday night's game at Detroit.

Keller and Royals manager Ned Yost denied that Keller was targeting Anderson following his euphoric bat flip, a typical gambit used to avoid further discipline, even as Major League Baseball said it suspended Keller "for intentionally throwing a pitch at Tim Anderson of the White Sox".

Perhaps surprisingly, Anderson was hit with a suspension. An MLB investigation revealed Anderson's use of a "racially charged" word against Royals pitcher Brad Keller as the reason for his suspension, and sources detailed to ESPN's Jeff Passan exactly what he said.

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"We're going to keep moving forward", Anderson told reporters Friday. It is unclear whether Anderson or Keller will appeal their suspensions.

Anderson and the Royals had a dustup a year ago, too.

In April 2018, Anderson shouted after a home run against Kansas City.

Despite these facts, Anderson was still ejected from the game by perpetual sour-puss, Joe West. Perez said Anderson had hollered a few weeks earlier when he homered twice on opening day. "I can't place a limit on anybody's personalities", Renteria said.