Angels-Mariner fights result in 12 suspensions from MLB

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A fight between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon resulted in a long list of suspensions being handed out on Monday night.

MLB suspended 12 players, managers and coaches in a total of 47 matches. The season’s biggest melee game began at the start of the second half in Anaheim, California, after Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz hit Mariner’s left fielder Jesse Winker with a pitch.

As Winker approached the angels’ dugout, the benches cleared as the match broke out for about four minutes and the match was delayed by about 18 minutes.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin received the longest suspension in 10 games after Wantz threw on Winker, an incident that came after earlier warnings.

The drama began Saturday, when Mariners pitcher Erik Swanson almost hit Los Angeles star Mike Trout in the head with a pitch in the ninth inning.

“If you’re going to hit me, hit me in the ribs,” Trout said after the team’s 5-3 loss on Saturday. ‘Do not hit me in the head. I do not know if that is the intention, but ‘everything by the head, you do not.’

In the first half on Sunday, Wantz threw the inside of Mariner’s midfielder Julio Rodríguez. Wantz, typically a reliever, started his first career on Sunday instead of the planned starter José Suarez.

Nevin spoke to reporters before his team hosted the Chicago White Sox on Monday, refusing to use Wantz as a starter just to throw at the Mariners.

“It’s not facts,” Nevin said. “But I do not want to go into a war of words with it. Done is done. Yesterday is over and done. We are focused on the White Sox today. “

Winker, who was hit in the right hip with a fast ball of 91 km / h, received a seven-match suspension after approaching the angels’ burial site despite attempts to hold him back by two judges. Some Angels players met Winker at the top of his grave as the Mariners players stormed off their bench.

Seattle shortstop JP Crawford received a five-game suspension, and Rodríguez was suspended for two games. All three Mariners players will appeal.

Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon and assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti each received five games for their actions.

Rendon, a former Washington Nationals star known for his calm demeanor, met Winker at the top of the grave and stuck his left hand into Winker’s face. Rendon suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist earlier this month and had a cast on his wrist during the match. He must serve the suspension after returning from the injury list, but he will be banned from sitting on the angels’ bench for the next seven matches.

Wantz, who denied hitting Winker on purpose, and Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera were suspended for three games. Los Angeles pitcher Raisel Iglesias, bench coach Ray Montgomery and interpreter Manny Del Campo were suspended for two games; Tepera and Iglesias were the only angels who appealed.

After learning that he was one of eight players or managers thrown out on Sunday, Iglesias threw a box of sunflower seeds on the pitch. After returning to the grave, he also threw a tub of chewing gum.

Angels catching coach Bill Haselman was also suspended for one game.

After the fight, Winker flashed his middle fingers to the stands as he walked to Seattle’s graveyard. Angels won, 2-1, and scored both of their races in the seventh round.

In support of Winker, a Mariners fan ordered a pepperoni pizza which was delivered to the left fielder in the visitors’ clubhouse on Sunday.

“The only thing I’m going to apologize for is turning the fans around,” Winker said so after Sunday’s match. “It is. As fans, they spend their hard-earned money coming and watching us play a game, and they did not deserve it. So I apologize to the fans, especially the women and children.”