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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