MLB Suspends Tim Anderson, Brad Keller

MLB Suspends Tim Anderson, Brad Keller

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, Major League Baseball has suspended White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller for their roles in a benches-clearing shoving match that happened during Wednesday’s afternoon tilt between the two division rivals. Anderson will receive a one game suspension while Keller is handed five games. Anderson reportedly used racially-charged language after getting plunked by a fastball from Keller.

At first glance, you may wonder why Keller received five games to Anderson’s one. Just think of it as MLB seeing a physical crime justifying a harsher punishment than a racial crime. That however may not be the case when you consider that Keller is a pitcher, whereas Anderson is an everyday player, meaning both players only miss 1 game each.

2018 saw Tim Anderson make great strides with his plate discipline, although is in the midst of a pretty unsustainable (but impressive) beginning to 2019. Brad Keller spent his 2018 rookie year pretty evenly between the bullpen and the rotation (20 starts, 21 relief appearances) and was a bit of a mixed bag. Both teams should find able replacements for the interim.

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