CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham was suspended by Major League Baseball for three games on Saturday after San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson said Pham slapped him over a dispute. about their fantasy football league.
Pham, 34, was also fined. The suspension was made retroactive to Friday night, and he will serve the final two games this weekend.
As the Giants warmed up in the outfield ahead of Friday’s series opener, Pham confronted Pederson and punched him in the face before the pair were separated.
Pederson said after the Reds’ 5-1 win that he was accused of cheating for putting a player on injured reserve and replacing him with a free agent in a fantasy football league. Pederson said the player he put on IR was ruled out for this week, making it a legal move. He said Pham performed essentially the same maneuver with his own team.
“I sent a screenshot of the rules, how it says if a player gets kicked out, you’re allowed to put them on IR and that’s all I was doing,” Pederson. “He literally did the same thing. That was basically it.
Pederson said he was not told that Pham might face him during the series in Cincinnati.
“There was no argument, he came over and said, ‘Do you remember last year?’ and I said, ‘Fantasy football?’ recalls Pederson.
The brawl was seen by reporters and happened before fans entered the stadium.
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