Tim Anderson, 30, of the Chicago White Sox, has been suspended for five games for preemptively striking an opponent with his right arm after assuming a boxing stance on the baseball field.
Multiple media outlets, including ESPN and MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on the 18th (KST) that “White Sox star player Anderson has been suspended for five games, a one-game reduction from his initial punishment. He was suspended for five games for fighting with Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Cavaliers and causing a bench-clearing incident.”
Anderson’s suspension will take effect on Nov. 19. As a result, he will miss a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies from April 19-21 and a home series against the Seattle Mariners from April 22-23. Anderson is expected to return to action on April 24 at home against Seattle.
A brawl broke out between White Sox and Cleveland players at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 6. It was the bottom of the sixth inning with Cleveland trailing 0-5. Ramirez, who had singled and stole second, attempted a head-first slide that ended up between the legs of shortstop Anderson, who was on second base.
After the safe call, Ramirez got up from his seat and exchanged a few words with Anderson before shoving the umpire and getting into a fistfight. Anderson got into a boxing stance first and threw a punch to Ramirez’s face with his right arm, which Ramirez responded to with a punch of his own. A bench-clearing brawl ensued, and the field quickly descended into chaos.
Major League Baseball announced the bench-clearing penalties two days after the incident. Anderson, who threw the first punch, was suspended for six games, and Ramirez, who threw the second punch, was suspended for three games. Both were fined.안전놀이터
Both players immediately appealed to Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner, which ultimately finalized Anderson’s five-game suspension, which was reduced by one game. Ramirez has already served his two-game suspension.
Anderson said on social media, “I will not make excuses for my words and actions at the time. I take full responsibility for this situation,” he apologized on social media, adding, “I look forward to completing my suspension and finishing the season playing baseball where I can help the team when I return.”