Jose Ramirez and Tim Anderson will spend the next few days away from their respective ball clubs.
On Saturday, August 5, Anderson and Ramirez were both present as the Chicago White Sox set up to play the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. Anderson and the White Sox were up by four runs in the sixth inning when Ramirez slid into second base. After successfully sliding into second base, Anderson looked down at him, who held out his hand to see if his opponent would help him up. However, he elected not to help him up. When both men were on their feet, they began to square up to fight. From there, chaos ensued. Benches were cleared, insults were hurled and Ramirez landed a punch that knocked Anderson to the ground.
“He said he wanted to fight and I had to defend myself,” Ramirez said after the game.
Both men were ejected from the game and the White Sox went on to win by a score of 7-4. On Monday, August 7, Major League Baseball suspended Ramirez for three games and Anderson for six games. Also, the league suspended Cleveland Guardians Manager Terry Francona, Chicago White Sox Manager Pedro Grifol, Cleveland Guardians Pitcher Mike Sarbaugh and Cleveland Guardians Pitcher Emmanuel Clase for one game.
“When something like that happens, there’s going to be a price to be paid,” Terry Francona said.
Moving forward, Francona has expressed that Ramirez will attempt to appeal the suspension. Meanwhile, the White Sox will prepare to play the New York Yankees, without Anderson, in Chicago on August 7.
Jose Ramirez knocked down Tim Anderson with a vicious right hand pic.twitter.com/ifNmueoknk
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