Josh Donaldson's one-game suspension upheld by Major League Baseball
Ricky Gray | June 14, 2022
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The fine assessed to Donaldson was cut to $5K but the suspension remains.
Not long ago, an issue arose between Tim Anderson and Josh Donaldson in which Donaldson made a seemingly negative remark to Anderson. Chicago manager Tony La Russa called the remark "racist".
Donaldson appealed the original suspension handed down by the MLB which allowed him to continue playing. However, MLB Special Adviser John McHale upheld the penalty after hearing Donaldson's appeal on Thursday.
The fine assessed to Donaldson was cut in half to $5K from the original $10K. Michael Hill, MLB's senior vice president for on-field operations, announced the original penalty on May 23.
Donaldson stated that his remarks stemmed from an interview Tim Anderson did in 2019 for Sports Illustrated. Anderson was quoted as saying: "I kind of feel like today's Jackie Robinson ... because he changed the game, and I feel like I'm getting to a point to where I need to change the game."
Donaldson referred to Anderson as "Jackie" multiple times during the game but said he had "joked around" with Anderson in the past using the reference.
Donaldson made a public apology stating: "I think everybody wanted to have a say. But they don't know my heart. I do feel bad that the Robinson family -- I never wanted them to feel their name should ever be regarded in a bad light. That was why I issued the apology."
In his first season with the Yankees, Donaldson has batted .235 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
The Yankees have won four games in a row and they're set to play the Tampa Bay Rays on June 14.