Sunday’s brawl between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels was far more violent and widespread than the typical baseball feudA day later, the sentence handed down by Major League Baseball reflects that reality.
MLB suspended 12 players, managers and coaches for a total of 47 games on Monday following a fight that began after Angels pitcher Andrew Wontz hit Mariners’ outfielder Jesse Winker off the pitch with rookie outfielder Julio. It was an innings before Rodriguez was thrown in. Both clear-aimed pitches came a day after the Mariners nearly hit Angels star Mike Trout in the head with a pitch.
A war of words broke out immediately from both dugouts and Winker drove purposefully towards the Angels’ dugout, causing a bench-clearing incident that resulted in several impressive scuffles, most notably Mariners shortstop JP Crawford hitting an Angel with punches. and injured Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon. Shaking winker in the face.
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Angels and Mariners walk into the series against the White Sox on Monday The disciplinary bill came due to Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president of on-field operations, Gaye and the Orioles, respectively.
Angels manager Phil Nevin was the hardest hit, earning a 10-game suspension after MLB’s rule Wontz deliberately warned at batsmen. Nevin is not allowed to appeal and immediately began serving his suspension on Monday.
Winker was suspended seven games, the longest game by any player, which MLB called “actions that caused incident and fighting.” Crawford and Rendon were each suspended for five games, with Rendon, who had wrist surgery at the end of the season, being banned from the Angels bench for the next seven games. He will serve his suspension when activated, possibly in 2023.
Winker was suspended for three games for intentionally throwing at Winker. MLB said he would not appeal, which is understandable given that he pitched on Sunday.
Nevin took over for fired manager Joe Maddon on June 7, meaning his 10-game suspension is almost as long as a 19-game interim managerial stint.
The other, disciplined, was what MLB called “action” during the incident:
- Angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chitti, five games.
- Angels reliever Ryan Tapera, three games.
- Angels pitcher Raicel Iglesias (who threw a carton of sunflower seeds on the field), two games.
- Rodriguez, two games.
- Angels bench coach Ray Montgomery, two games.
- Angels interpreter Manny Del Campo, two games.
- Angels Catching Coach Bill Haselman, One Game.
Montgomery and Heselman’s suspensions will continue to waver until Chitti is back from suspension.