Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Keller, Anderson Suspended for Roles in White Sox-Royals Altercation

Keller, Anderson Suspended for Roles in White Sox-Royals Altercation

White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who was suspended one game for his part in the Wednesday incident, will serve his suspension in Chicago's game Friday.

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson's exuberant bat flip after mashing a home run ultimately led to a brawl Wednesday - and the continuing of a neverending debate over what's "fun" and what's "showing someone up". The White Sox went on to lose that game in extra innings. Benches cleared, and at the end of the scuffle, both players were ejected along with Renteria and Royals hitting coach Dale Sveum. Keller was suspended five games (or essentially one start) and given an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Anderson.

Though Keller insisted he wasn't trying to hit anyone, Kansas City's Hunter Dozier said Anderson should have expected retaliation. CC Sabathia plainly stated on Buster Olney's podcast this week (audio link) that he's 100 percent in favor of bat flips and any other display of on-field emotion and doesn't understand why a pitcher would be bothered by it. Reds lefty Amir Garrett tweeted that rather than throw at a batter in his next plate appearance, the pitcher should, "Strike him out, and do whatever you gotta do". 'Our fans, they pay their hard earned money to come to the ballpark to see a show so why don't I give them one'.

"It's all confusing", Anderson told reporters yesterday regarding his ejection. It is unclear whether Anderson or Keller will appeal their suspensions.

Anderson has often talked about encouraging players to express themselves, something Major League Baseball has tried to embrace with its "Let the Kids Play" marketing campaign.

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Anderson and the Royals had a dustup a year ago, too.

The AL Central rivals squared off over an Anderson home run last April as well.

"It's all confusing", Anderson said Wednesday.

That angered Royals manager Ned Yost, who said, 'We've got no issues but I'm not going to allow anybody to yell at my team'.

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