Major League Baseball suspended Josh Donaldson for one sport Monday after the New York Yankees slugger made a number of references to Jackie Robinson whereas speaking to White Sox star Tim Anderson throughout the weekend.
Donaldson additionally was fined an undisclosed quantity for his actions Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The punishment was introduced by Michael Hill, the senior vice chairman of on-field operations for MLB.
Donaldson has elected to enchantment the penalty. Shortly earlier than the suspension was introduced, the Yankees mentioned Donaldson had been placed on the Covid-19 injured checklist.
“MLB has accomplished the method of talking to the people concerned on this incident. There isn’t any dispute over what was mentioned on the sphere. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the remark he directed towards Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, significantly when seen within the context of their prior interactions,” Hill mentioned in an announcement.
“In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributing consider a bench-clearing incident between the groups, and warrants self-discipline,” he mentioned.
White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz didn’t suppose the penalty was sufficient.
“Just one sport. We all noticed his malice at third every week in the past, then this remark with the ridiculous excuse that adopted. What’s the purpose or message behind a 1 sport suspension? This is extremely disappointing and plain irritating,” Katz posted on Twitter.
The White Sox had a time without work Monday. They are usually not scheduled to play the Yankees once more this season.
AL East-leading New York is scheduled to open a three-game sequence in opposition to Baltimore on Monday evening after which head to Tampa Bay for a four-game set starting on Thursday.
Donaldson mentioned he twice referred to as Anderson by “Jackie” — as in Robinson, who famously broke MLB’s coloration barrier in 1947 — throughout the Yankees’ 7-5 win on Saturday. The benches and bullpens emptied as tensions escalated.
Anderson, considered one of baseball’s main Black voices and an All-Star shortstop, mentioned it was a “disrespectful remark.” White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned it was racist, and Anderson agreed.
“Basically, it was making an attempt to name me Jackie Robinson. Like, ‘What’s up, Jackie?’” Anderson mentioned after Saturday’s sport.
Donaldson, who’s white, mentioned he had used the “Jackie” reference up to now with Anderson, who had mentioned he seen himself as a possible modern-day Robinson in a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated.
“My that means of that isn’t any time period making an attempt to be racist by any reality of the matter,” Donaldson mentioned Saturday.
Anderson and Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, didn’t communicate with the media on Sunday, when the White Sox swept a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Through a Yankees spokesman, Donaldson mentioned he hadn’t talked with Anderson for the reason that incident.
Anderson began the second sport and was booed by followers, with some chanting “Jackie” at him. He hit a three-run homer within the eighth inning of a 5-0 win after which put his finger to his lips in a hushing gesture as he rounded the bases.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned he talked to Donaldson after Saturday’s sport and believed his participant’s rationalization for why he made the “Jackie” remark — however he additionally mentioned he thought Donaldson shouldn’t have used the time period.
“I believe with what’s happening between the 2 gamers and between the 2 groups over the past week or two, I definitely perceive how that will be delicate and perceive the response,” Boone mentioned. “I additionally perceive Josh has been very forthcoming with the historical past of it and the context of it. So I don’t imagine there was any malicious intent in that regard.”
“But that is simply my opinion — (that’s) someplace he shouldn’t be going,” he mentioned.
Donaldson had clashed with the White Sox on a number of events earlier than this weekend.
The benches additionally emptied on May 13 after Anderson shoved Donaldson following a onerous tag in Chicago.
White Sox ace Lucas Giolito used an expletive in calling Donaldson a “pest” final yr after Donaldson appeared to yell “Not sticky anymore!” after a first-inning homer for Minnesota — a reference to MLB cracking down on pitchers utilizing sticky substances on baseballs.
The 36-year-old Donaldson is batting .238 with 5 residence runs and 15 RBIs in 37 video games throughout his first season with the Yankees.
Boone mentioned Donaldson advised the crew he was experiencing signs, prompting the crew to place him on the COVID-19 injured checklist. He had not been examined, Boone mentioned.
Donaldson turned the third Yankees participant to go on the COVID-19 IL within the final two days. Before Sunday’s doubleheader, Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka have been positioned on the checklist.