Tim Anderson appeals 3-game suspension for role in benches-clearing incident

By , Audacy

The Chicago White Sox may be without Tim Anderson for the final games of the 2021 season.

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that it suspended the All-Star shortstop for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons after a benches-clearing incident during Monday’s game against the Tigers.

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Anderson is appealing the suspension and was in the lineup on Wednesday.

During the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers, Detroit reliever Alex Lange hit José Abreu in the arm. Later in the inning, Abreu slid aggressively into second base which led to the benches clearing.

No punches were thrown but there was some pushing and shoving in the scrum before things de-escalated.

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Timmons was the umpire who restrained Abreu from further escalation but it is hard to see from the live footage if Anderson made contact with him.

The White Sox clinched the AL Central last week, so if Anderson does serve a suspension it won’t have a significant impact on the playoff race.

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