Tim Anderson and Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez were suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday, two days after they exchanged punches during Saturday’s game. Anderson received a six-game suspension and Ramirez got three games. Both players have appealed the penalties, so the suspensions will be delayed until a decision is made.
In the meantime, Ramirez has since held an interview where he stated he wants to apologize for his actions and do so to Anderson, but the star player has not responded back to any of his attempts.
Jose Ramirez: “In the light of the recent events, I want to say to the public that I deeply regret what happened between me and Tim Anderson, whom I consider a very good baseball player. I’ve been trying to reach out to him directly and apologize but haven’t received an answer. Everyone who knows me, knows well I’m not somebody who’s out there looking for trouble. It’s been part of my personality and behavior to give 100% every day at the field to help my team and trying to be an example for the younger players on my team. I want to reiterate apologies for my behavior and as always my goal is to help my team to win and reach the postseason. I want to thank everybody in my organization, my teammates, and all my fans for their support during this process”.
Guardians manager Terry Francona and White Sox manager Pedro Grifol were also among the six suspensions handed down as part of a bench-clearing incident during the bottom of the sixth inning over the weekend.
The issue started with Ramirez objecting to a hard tag from Anderson on a slide into second base and got up, pointing his finger at Anderson. The shortstop tossed down his glove and put up his fists. In the exchange, Ramirez knocked down Anderson with a right to his face.
The two teams do not face each other again during the 2023 season, but this will not be forgotten in 2024.
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