Today, MLB announced suspensions for the players involved in yesterday’s White Sox-Royals bench-clearing incident, which saw White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson get hit by Royals starter Brad Keller after Anderson hit a home run and flipped his bat. Keller received five games for his role in the incident, while Anderson received one game.
Initially, there was an uproar that Anderson had been suspended for, essentially, flipping his bat, which has been the foundation of MLB’s marketing campaign. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Anderson was not suspended for his role in initiating the conflict, but rather his behavior during it, which includes the use of racially charged language.
Passan later tweeted exactly what it was that got Anderson suspended.