CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson had his six-game suspension for combating Cleveland’s José Ramírez and triggering a benches-clearing brawl decreased to 5 games Thursday underneath a settlement with Major League Baseball.
Anderson will start serving the punishment Friday, when the White Sox open a three-game series at Colorado. Ramírez served two games after initially being suspended for three.
In an announcement posted on Instagram, Anderson apologized for his position in the altercation.
“I is not going to get into the things that had been stated to me by Cleveland gamers each Friday night time and Saturday, however these comments do not excuse my language or conduct, and I take full accountability for my emotions getting the higher of me,” the statement learn.
“I look ahead to returning after serving my suspension and ending the season taking half in the most effective baseball I can to assist my group.”
Anderson was given the harsher penalty for instigating the struggle on Aug. 5, when he and Ramirez confronted off in the middle of the infield like boxers. Anderson connected with a couple of punches before Ramirez dropped him with a blow to the face.
The struggle started after Ramirez slid headfirst into second base between Anderson’s legs with an RBI double. He appeared upset by a hard tag and jumped to his toes. The two exchanged phrases, with Ramírez pointing in Anderson’s face as second base umpire Malachi Moore tried to step between them.
Anderson then dropped his glove and challenged Ramírez by raising his arms and assuming a boxer’s stance. The gamers threw punches, with Ramírez connecting with a blind shot that dropped Anderson on his bottom and triggered each teams to join in.
Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona, Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase and third base coach Mike Sarbaugh were suspended one game every. Chicago manager Pedro Grifol also was suspended for one game.
In addition, White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech and Guardians rookie Gabriel Arias have been fined an undisclosed amount.