Keller, Anderson Suspended for Roles in White Sox-Royals Altercation


The 25-year-old Anderson has been one of the breakout stars of 2019, batting a league-leading.422 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller was suspended five games for intentionally hitting Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a 92 miles per hour fastball after his emphatic celebration of a fourth-inning home run.

Perhaps surprisingly, Anderson was hit with a suspension.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions during the incident. Umpires said Anderson used a racially charged word within earshot of both teams, Passan adds.

I'm going to keep moving forward.

The fracas started when Keller, who is white, hit Anderson, who is black, in retaliation for his epic bat-flip/toss in his previous at-bat. Of course, no one is suggesting that the same folks sending out tweets are the ones making disciplinary decisions, and it seems Anderson's suspension stemmed from what he said after he was hit by the pitch rather than the bat flip that sparked the whole chain of events. "That happened a couple days ago, so we're going to keep having fun and keep playing with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence". Keller and Anderson may appeal their discipline.

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Anderson and Keller were both ejected from the game once the dust settled.

Is it "let the kids play" or not?

That night, Major League Baseball's Twitter account showed support for Anderson's demonstration of emotion following his home run.

Renteria was to serve his suspension during Friday night's game at Detroit.

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Anderson and Keller ultimately were ejected, as were Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum, who got into a shoving match off to the side of the on-field scrum. The Royals won 4-3. At one point, it looked like managers Ned Yost and Rick Renteria were about to go at it.