Brawl between Angels and Mariners results in 12 suspensions from MLB


Brawl between Angels and Mariners results in 12 suspensions from MLB

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A brawl between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon resulted in a lengthy list of suspensions being imposed Monday night.

MLB suspended 12 players, managers and coaches for a total of 47 games. The biggest hand-to-hand fight of the season began early in the second inning in Anaheim, Calif. after Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz hit Mariners left fielder Jesse Winker with a pitch.

As Winker approached the Angels’ dugout, the benches vacated as the fight broke out for about four minutes and the game was delayed by about 18 minutes.

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

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

“If you want to hit me, hit me in the ribs,” said Trout after his team’s 5-3 defeat on Saturday. “Don’t hit me on the head. I don’t know if that’s the intention, but…anything at the top, you don’t.”

In Sunday’s first inning, Wantz threw in Mariners infielder Julio Rodríguez. Wantz, usually a helper, made his first career start Sunday in place of scheduled starter José Suarez.

Speaking to reporters before his team hosted the Chicago White Sox on Monday, Nevin denied using Wantz as a starter just to throw at the Mariners.

“That’s not factual,” Nevin said. “But I don’t want to start a war of words with that. What’s done is done. Yesterday is over and over. Our focus today is on the White Sox.”

Winker, who was hit in the right hip by a 91-mph fastball, received a seven-game suspension after approaching the Angels’ dugout despite attempts by two umpires to restrain him. Some Angels players hit Winker atop their dugout as Mariners players stormed off their bench.

Seattle shortstop JP Crawford was suspended for five games, 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 up in the dugout and put his left hand in Winker’s face. Rendon suffered a season-ending right wrist injury earlier this month and wore a plaster cast on that wrist during the riot. He is set to serve out his suspension after coming off the injury list but will not be on the Angels bench for the next seven games.

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 he was one of eight players or managers sacked on Sunday, Iglesias threw a carton of sunflower seeds onto the field. After returning to the dugout, he also tossed a can of gum.

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

After the brawl, Winker flashed his middle fingers at the stands as he walked toward Seattle’s dugout. The Angels won 2-1, scoring both runs in the seventh inning.

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

“The only thing I will apologize for is turning off the fans,” Winker said after the Sunday game. “It is. As fans, they’re spending their hard-earned money to watch us play and they don’t deserve that. So I apologize to the fans, especially the women and children.”

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