MLB Star Suspended After In-Game Altercation

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Things got heated at the White Sox game against the Oakland A’s on Friday night. Shortstop Tim Anderson got into an altercation with home-plate umpire Nick Mahrley. According to ESPN, Anderson was unhappy with a first-pitch strike call given by the umpire. The two exchanged words briefly, ultimately leading to Anderson being ejected and making hat-to-helmet contact with the umpire. The quarrel was eventually broken up by White Sox manager Tony LaRussa moments later.

Anderson has been fined an undisclosed amount for the incident and has been suspended for three games. Anderson’s suspension was appealed, meaning that he can play in other games until a hearing is scheduled and a different judgment can be handed down. If Anderson is suspended, the White Sox will look to Leury Garcia. Their regular backup shortstop Danny Mendick is out for the season due to a torn ACL.

This is not Anderson’s first suspension due to his actions. Last September, Anderson made contact with an umpire during a bench-clearing fight with the Detroit Tigers. Anderson missed the first two games of the season this year due to that incident. He also had an incident in April where he made obscene gestures toward fans in Cleveland. Anderson appealed the suspension and won the appeal for the incident.

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