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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was suspended for three games for contacting the referee during a 7-3 loss on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics.
The suspension will be suspended because Anderson is appealing the decisionwhich came out shortly before Saturday’s game against Oakland where it had two singles.
Anderson was ruled out in the seventh inning after an argument with home court umpire Nick Marley over a strike call that turned out to be high. After Anderson was ejected from the game, he approached the referee and appeared to make contact with him.
Marley seemed to imply that Anderson had made contact with him during the verbal altercation, but Tony La Russa’s manager, who was also kicked out for his involvement, saw it differently.
“I know, I think I saw the referee move forward a bit and they were taught not to do that,” he said at the time. “I didn’t see any contacts known to me.”
La Russa echoed this sentiment after the suspension was announced.
“Did you see how the interaction happened?” he said on Saturday. “From our point of view, there is an argument that the referee didn’t move back, he also moved forward.”
Anderson refused to discuss the suspension over the weekend, but this isn’t his first run-in with the league office.
He missed the first two games of 2022 as punishment for establishing contact with the judge during the bench incident last September. He was also suspended from playing in April after making an obscene gesture towards fans, but that ban was overturned on appeal.
Anderson had one hit in Sunday’s game as White Sox won a three-game streak against A.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.