Major League Baseball on Monday dished out suspensions in the aftermath of a melee between Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez.
Anderson was suspended for six games. Ramirez received a three-game suspension. And Guardians pitcher Emmanuel Clase got a one-game ban.
Additionally, coaches from both teams received one-game bans. Guardians manager Terry Francona, White Sox manager Pedro Grifol and third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will be out.
MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations Michael Hill handed down the discipline. Each of the suspended parties, including White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech and Guardians outfielder Gabriel Arias, received undisclosed fines.
The incident occurred Saturday night after Ramirez slid underneath Anderson’s legs for a double. The two exchanged words and the glove came off. Both players squared up and Ramirez got the better of Anderson – knocking him in the jaw and then down onto the ground.
Players from both teams separated the two main participants in the melee.
“I felt I was able to land one,” Ramirez said after the brawl Saturday night through a translator.
“He’s been disrespecting the game for a while,” he continued. “When he does something like that on the bases, he can get somebody out of the game. So I was telling him to stop doing that. After he tapped me really hard, more than needed, he said he wanted to fight and I had to defend myself.”
Ramirez was back in the lineup on Sunday for the series finale.
Anderson was not available to comment after the game. Both Ramirez and Anderson, along with the four others who were sent to the showers early, face a lengthy suspension. Anderson had to physically be carried off the field.
He was out of the lineup on Sunday. White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said it was a scheduled day off.