Brawl between the Angels and the Mariners led to 47 games of suspensions

ANAHEIM, California. – The aftermath of baseball’s nastiest brawl of the season hit the LA Angels and Seattle Mariners quickly and hard on Monday, with 12 uniformed troopers between the teams receiving a total of 47 games in suspension for their actions Sunday in a spirited melee.

Major League Baseball made its most forceful announcement yet by suspending Angels interim manager Phil Nevin for 10 games, citing “deliberate throwing by pitcher Andrew Wantz when the warnings were in effect.” Nevin, who began his suspension on Monday night when his team opened a three-game streak with the Chicago White Sox, has managed the Angels just 19 games since the club fired Joe Maddon June 7th.

Other lengthy suspensions went to Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (seven games, most likely due in large part to an obscene gesture he made towards Angels fans as he left the field) and shortstop J.P. Crawford (five games). ), as well as Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon. and assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti (five games each).

The fight began in the second inning on Sunday, but tensions escalated the night before when Seattle pitcher Eric Swanson threw the ball near Mike Trout’s head. Trout, who has 53 career homers against the Mariners – the most against any opponent – expressed his displeasure to reporters after the game.

“If you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside,” Trout said. “If you’re going to hit me, hit me in the ribs. Don’t hit me on the head.”

There was also a chilling incident on June 18 when Mariners outfielder Justin Upton was hit in the head by a Michael Lorenzen pitch in what both teams seemed to understand as an accident at the time. Lorenzen got excited after that game, blowing up the baseballs used in that year’s games for being too slippery. Coincidentally or not, three days later, MLB decided to standardize ball preparation for games and sent each team a memo detailing the protocol.

Shortly before Sunday’s game – the eighth game between the teams in 11 days – the Angels named Vantz their “rookie”. It was Wanz’s first career start, and it became a suspicious strategy when he promptly threw the ball over Seattle’s head Julio Rodriguez in the first inning, prompting an angry reaction from Seattle manager Scott Servais. The referees warned both benches.

Speaking Monday afternoon, before the penalties were imposed, Nevin asked if he had used Vanz as a rookie for this purpose. “This is not true,” he said. “But I don’t want to get into a war of words with this. What is done is done. Yesterday is over.”

But he was not, because of the looming pendants.

Wantz remained in the game after the Rodriguez incident, and when he drilled through Winker from behind in the second inning, the outfielder reacted angrily and eventually moved towards the Angels’ dugout, yelling and gesturing.

The benches and paddocks were empty, delaying the game by 18 minutes. Rendon, who was out for the season following surgery on his right wrist, was one of the first players to take on Winker. MLB said Rendon’s suspension was due to “his actions during the incident and for leaving the dugout while on the injured list. His suspension will be served when he returns from the injured list. In addition to the suspension, Rendon is banned from benching for the Angels’ next seven games.

Nevin and Chiti were two of the five members of the Angels’ coaching staff who received suspensions. Others included a bench coach (Ray Montgomery, two games), a catching coach (Bill Hazelman, one game), and even a translator (Manny Del Campo, two games).

There were so many suspensions that MLB overwhelmed them: Nevin, Chiti and Del Campo began serving suspensions on Monday night while watching the Angels beat the White Sox. 4-3, from the suite upstairs at Angel Stadium. Montgomery and Hazelman, according to MLB, will begin serving suspensions after Cheety returns from his.

In addition to the staff and Rendon, Wantz was suspended three games “for deliberately throwing at the Mariners’ Jesse Winker while the warnings were in effect,” as well as suspensions for two other Angels pitchers, Ryan Tepera (three games) and a closer Raizel. Iglesias (two). Tepera and Iglesias have filed an appeal, so their sentences will be suspended until after the hearing.

The Mariners’ three suspended players – Crawford, Rodriguez (two games) and Winker – were 1-2-3 in the lineup on Monday night. 9-2 defeat to Baltimore in Seattle, as their suspension is subject to appeal. Servais, the Mariners’ manager, was ejected during the brawl but not suspended.

As a result of the fight, at least two people were injured. The Mariners placed backup catcher Louis Torrance on the 10-day injured list on Monday with left shoulder inflammation, and the Angels placed right hand Archie Bradley on the 15-day IL on Tuesday with a broken elbow. The team believes that Bradley’s injury occurred when he jumped over the dugout railing to join the fray. reported.

The penalties were not announced by MLB about 40 minutes before the Angels played the White Sox in Anaheim and about an hour before the Mariners faced the Orioles in Seattle.

“Honestly, it’s a part of the game that I’m not very proud of,” Servais told Seattle reporters ahead of Monday’s game. “I think we should be better than that. I know people like to watch it, but this is not hockey. It’s inappropriate.”

Trout, who has not been available to the media since Sunday’s brawl, declined to discuss the fight.

The Angels and Mariners will face off in three games in Seattle in early August. 5.