June 26, 2022

New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson acquired a one-game suspension for calling Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie” in a recreation Saturday afternoon.

Three days after being disciplined by Main League Baseball, Donaldson launched a press release, apologizing to the Jackie Robinson household and reiterating that he didn’t imply to disrespect Anderson.

“Initially, I’ve the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings to the sport of baseball. I acknowledged over the weekend that I apologized for offending Tim and that it was a misunderstanding based mostly on a number of exchanges between us over time,” Donaldson within the assertion.

“My view of that alternate hasn’t modified and I completely meant no disrespect. Prior to now, it had by no means been a difficulty and now that it’s, now we have a mutual understanding,” he added. 

“I’d additionally wish to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson household for any misery this incident could have triggered. Jackie was a real American hero and I maintain his title within the highest regard.”

Donaldson first referred to as Anderson “Jackie” in 2019 after the shortstop referred to himself as “in the present day’s Jackie Robinson” for the way in which he performs the sport. Anderson advised reporters that he doesn’t care about Donaldson’s suspension.

“He did say that, and I advised him we by no means have to speak once more,” Anderson mentioned. “I do not communicate to you, you do not communicate to me, if that is the way you need to discuss with me. I do know, he knew precisely what he was doing as a result of I already advised him.”

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Donaldson has appealed the one-game suspension. The third baseman has been away from the Yankees since Monday, reportedly resulting from a non-COVID-19 sickness.

Donaldson’s remark to Anderson was condemned by members of the White Sox and others round MLB. Chicago pitching coach Ethan Katz criticized MLB for under issuing a one-game suspension. 

There have been a couple of situations of Donaldson entering into verbal confrontations with opposing gamers. Donaldson mentioned he met White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito within the parking zone after speaking trash to the Chicago dugout throughout a recreation. Previous to turning into teammates with Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, Donaldson referred to as out the pitcher for utilizing overseas substances on the mound.

Giancarlo Stanton #27 holds again Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees after Donaldson’s benches-clearing dispute with Yasmani Grandal #24 of the Chicago White Sox throughout the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on Might 21, 2022 within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis. Picture: Sarah Stier/Getty Photos

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