Josh Donaldson was suspended for his comments about "Jackie."
The third baseman for the Yankees, Donaldson, called Tim Anderson of the White Sox "Jackie," which Major League Baseball said was disrespectful. Donaldson tried to get the one-game suspension overturned.
Josh Donaldson was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball after it was found that the Yankees third baseman had called Tim Anderson, a shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, "disrespectful."
On Saturday, several members of the White Sox went up to Donaldson, who is white, after he kept calling Anderson, who is black, "Jackie." He said that the comments were meant to be a joke between the players and were a reference to a magazine article in which Anderson said that he felt like "today's Jackie Robinson."
The players and coaches for Chicago didn't buy that explanation. Manager Tony La Russa said that Donaldson had made a "racist" remark, and Anderson said that he agreed with that description. Other players said that Donaldson was a rival to their team.
The White Sox have Monday off before playing three games against Boston, but the team's pitching coach, Ethan Katz, reacted to the suspension on Twitter by asking if it was long enough.
In the post, which has since been taken down, Katz said, "Just one game." "We all saw how mean he was at third a week ago, and then he made this comment and gave that stupid reason. What does a one-game suspension mean or try to teach? This is a huge letdown and just plain frustrating."
Even Aaron Boone, the manager of the Yankees, said before Sunday's doubleheader, which Chicago swept, that Donaldson should not have said what he did.
Boone told reporters, "I don't think there was any bad intent in that way." "But, you know, this is a place he shouldn't go, in my opinion."
Michael Hill, Major League Baseball's senior vice president for on-field operations, said in a statement on Monday that the league had finished its investigation and found that the facts of the case were not in question. The suspension comes with a fine that has not been made public.
"MLB has finished talking to the people involved in this situation," said the statement. "No one disagrees about what was said on the field. No matter what Mr. Donaldson was trying to say, the comment he made to Mr. Anderson was rude and lacked good judgment, especially considering how they had talked before. Also, Mr. Donaldson's comment contributed to a bench-clearing fight between the teams, which means he should be punished.
But that discipline will have to wait for now. Donaldson filed an appeal, which would have let him play while the appeal was going on, but the Yankees put him on the Covid-19 injured list right before the suspension was announced.