White Sox pitching coach can't believe Josh Donaldson's one-game suspension: 'Incredibly disappointing'

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Josh Donaldson has been fined and suspended for one game, which he will appeal, for his “Hey Jackie” remarks to Tim Anderson on Saturday, which he said was an inside joke and a playful jab at a 2019 interview in which Anderson said he could see himself being a next Jackie Robinson and bringing change to the game.

Anderson and his White Sox teammates didn’t think it was a joke at all, with Liam Hendriks saying Donaldson’s explanation was “bulls--t,” and the league seems to agree that it wasn’t all playful, considering his punishment.

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But Chicago pitching coach Ethan Katz clearly doesn’t think that punishment was enough.

“Just one game,” Katz tweeted after MLB released its statement on the suspension. “We all saw his malice at third a week ago, then this comment with the ridiculous excuse that followed. What’s the point or excuse behind a one-game suspension? This is incredibly disappointing and plain frustrating.”

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The “malice” Katz was referring to was the hard tag Donaldson placed on Anderson at third base in Chicago, which sparked the benches to clear, which they did again on Saturday after Donaldson repeated the Jackie Robinson remarks, according to Anderson.

After Saturday’s incident, the Chicago players and Tony La Russa were all angry at Donaldson’s remarks, and clearly, members of the team aren’t happy with the punishment from the league.

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