Anaheim, California – The worst brawl of the baseball season resulted in the Los Angeles Angeles and Seattle Mariners hitting fast and hard on Monday, with 12 uniformed employees from both teams suspended for a total of 47 games for their Sunday enthusiastic actions. Riot
Major League Baseball made the strongest statement by suspending Angels interim manager Phil Nevin for 10 games, citing “pitcher Andrew Watz’s intentional throwing while giving hints.” Nevin, who began the suspension on Monday evening as his team opened a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox, has managed the Angels for just 19 games since the club removed Joe Madden on June 7.
Other hard suspensions include Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (seven games, mostly due to obscene gestures to Angels fans) and shortstop JP Crawford (five games), as well as Angels’ third baseman Anthony Randon and assistant pitching coach Dom Chitty.
Fighting erupted in the second inning on Sunday but tensions between the two clubs escalated from the night before, when Seattle reliever Eric Swanson threw a pitch near Mike Trout’s head. Trout, who has 53 career homers against the Mariners – his highest against any opponent – expressed displeasure with reporters after the game.
“If you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside,” Trout said. “If you want to kill me, hit me in the jaws. Don’t hit me in the head. ”
There was also a horrific incident on June 18, when Mariners outfielder Justin Upton was hit in the head by Michael Lorenzen on the pitch, which both teams realized at the time was an accident. Lorenzen was so emotional after that game that he blasted the baseball used in the game this year for being too slippery. Coincidentally or not, three days later the MLB certified how the balls were made before the game and sent a memo detailing the protocol to each team.
Shortly before Sunday’s game – the eighth game between the teams in an 11-day period – the Angels named Wantz their “opener”. This was Wantz’s first start to his career, and when he threw the ball behind Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez’s head in the first inning, it became a questionable tactic, prompting an angry reaction from Seattle manager Scott Servis. The umpires immediately warned both benches.
Speaking Monday afternoon, before the sentence was imposed, Nevin addressed whether Wantz had been used as an opener for that particular purpose. “It simply came to our notice then. “But I don’t want to get into a war of words with it. Whatever was done happened. Yesterday was over and finished. ”
But that didn’t happen, thanks to the suspensions that are still ongoing.
Wantz remained in the game after the incident with Rodriguez, and when he drilled Winker backwards in the second inning, the outfielder reacted angrily and eventually, screaming and gesturing, moved to the Angels dugout.
The bench and bullpen were quickly emptied, so the game was 18 minutes late. Randon, who was out for the season after surgery on his right wrist, was one of the first players to engage Winker. The MLB said Randon’s suspension was “due to his actions during the incident and leaving the dugout while on the injured list. He will be suspended when he returns from the injured list. In addition to the suspension, Randon is barred from sitting on the bench for the Angels’ next seven matches.”
Nevin and Chitty were two of the five members of the Angels coaching staff who received the suspension. Others included a bench coach (Ray Montgomery, two games), a catching coach (Bill Hasselman, one game) and even an interpreter (Manny del Campo, two games).
There were so many suspensions that MLB stunned them: Nevin, Chitty and Del Campo began their suspensions on Monday night when they saw the Angels beat the White Sox 4-3 in an upstairs suit at Angel Stadium. Montgomery and Hasselman, according to the MLB, will begin their suspensions once the cheetah returns from him.
In addition to staff and Randon, Wantz was suspended for three games for “intentionally throwing at the Mariners’ Jesse Winker while giving hints” and two other Angels relievers were also suspended, Ryan Tepara (three games) and Closer Riesel Iglesias (two). Tepera and Iglesias are appealing so their sentences will be delayed until their hearing.
The players of the three suspended Mariners – Crawford, Rodriguez (two games) and Winker – were 1-2-3 in a 9-2 defeat against Baltimore at T-Mobile Park on Monday night, as their suspension is subject to their appeals. Service, the Mariners’ manager, was fired at the time of the altercation, but was not suspended.
The Mariners on Monday placed backup catcher Louis Torrance on a 10-day injury list with a left shoulder injury, a fight injury.
The penalty was not announced by the MLB about 40 minutes before the Angels played the White Sox here and about an hour before the Mariners face the Orioles in Seattle.
“It’s part of the game that I’m not very proud of, quite frankly,” Service told Seattle reporters before Monday’s game. “I think we should be better than this. I know people love to watch it, but it’s not hockey. This is undesirable. “
Trott, who was not available to the media after Sunday’s altercation, declined to discuss the fight.
The Angels and Mariners are scheduled to start in Seattle on August 5 for the next three games.