New York Yankees, Josh Donaldson 3B, suspended by MLB
Ricky Gray | May 24, 2022
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Although only a single-game suspension, Donaldson was also fined for an undisclosed amount.
The third baseman for the New York Yankees has been suspended for his comments made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday. The MLB defined the comments made by Donaldson as "inappropriate".
Donaldson is appealing the fine and the suspension, which was announced by the MLB on Monday. As the appeal process is reviewed, Donaldson will still be eligible to play for the Yankees.
Shortly before the suspension was announced, New York stated that Donaldson was added to the COVID-19 injured list.
Michael Hill, MLB's senior vice president for on-field operations, said: "MLB has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incident. There is no dispute over what was said on the field."
The statement continued: "Regardless of Mr. Donaldson's intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions. In addition, Mr. Donaldson's remark was a contributing factor in a bench-clearing incident between the teams, and warrants discipline."
The pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox, Ethan Katz believed the penalty was too light, stating: "Just one game. We all saw his malice at third a week ago, then this comment with the ridiculous excuse that followed. What's the point or message behind a 1 game suspension? This is incredibly disappointing and plain frustrating."
Katz released the above statement via Twitter. The inappropriate comment in question was Donaldson referring to Anderson as "Jackie" a reference to Jackie Robinson.
Donaldson stated that the comment was in reference to a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated in which Anderson described himself as feeling like "today's Jackie Robinson".
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge had this to say: "You know, joke or not ... I just don't think it's the right thing to do there, especially given the history, especially the series in Chicago, kind of a little bit of beef between JD and Anderson is one of the best shortstops in the game and a big part of MLB and what's going on here and how we can grow the game."
The Yankees have lost three straight games and play the Baltimore Orioles today at 7:05 PM ET.