Chicago White Sox All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended three games by MLB for making contact with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley during Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Anderson is appealing the suspension.
Anderson traded words with Mahrley after taking a high, inside fastball for a strike in the seventh inning, which led to his ejection from the game. This enraged Anderson, who approached Mahrley face to face, hitting the referee with the edge of his helmet.
After the game, White Sox manager Tony LaRussa went to bat for his All-Star shortstop.
“I think I saw the ref go a little bit forward, which they were taught not to do,” LaRussa said. “I haven’t seen any contacts that I know of.
“Referees aren’t robots either. They can get emotional and angry. But they’re supposed to be cool-headed. Because if you try to take emotion out of the game, it’s not entertaining.”
In his seventh major league season, Anderson is batting .310/.351/.414 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 71 games with the White Sox.