chicago white sox star Tim Anderson The fight earned him a six-game suspension. Cleveland‘S jose ramirez And an agreement was reached Thursday to reduce the bench-clearing brawl to five games major League Baseball,
Anderson will begin serving Friday when the White Sox begin a three-game series. Colorado, Ramirez played two games after initially being suspended for three.
Anderson was heavily penalized for inciting a fight on August 5, when he and Ramírez squared off in the middle of the infield as boxers. Anderson landed a few punches before Ramirez landed a blow to the face.
The fight started when Ramirez slid into second base between Anderson’s legs with an RBI double. He seemed unfazed by a harsh tag and rose to his feet. Words were exchanged between the two, with Ramirez pointing to Anderson’s face and second base umpire Malachi Moore trying to intervene.
Anderson then took off his glove and challenged Ramírez with his hand raised and the boxer’s stance. The players exchanged punches, with Ramírez making a blind shot that knocked the ball off Anderson’s back and prompted both teams to engage.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona, Guardian closer emmanuel class and third base coach Mike Sarbaugh were suspended for one game each. Chicago manager Pedro Grifol was also suspended for one game.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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