Angels-Mariners brawl results in 12 MLB suspensions

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A fight between the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon resulted in a long list of suspensions being handed out Monday night.

MLB suspended 12 players, managers and coaches for a total of 47 games. The biggest scrimmage of the season began early in the second inning in Anaheim, Calif., after Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz hit Mariners left fielder Jesse Winker with a pitch.

When Winker approached the Angels dugout, the benches cleared as the fight erupted for approximately four minutes and the game was delayed approximately 18 minutes.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin received the longest suspension at 10 games after Wantz kicked Winker, an incident that came after previous warnings.

The drama began on Saturday, when Mariners pitcher Erik Swanson nearly hit Los Angeles star outfielder Mike Trout in the head with a pitch in the ninth inning.

“If you’re gonna hit me, hit me in the ribs”, Trout said after his side lost 5-3 on Saturday. “Don’t hit me on the head. I don’t know if that’s the intention, but… whatever it is in the head, you don’t do that.

In the first inning on Sunday, Wantz threw inside on Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez. Wantz, usually a reliever, made his first career start on Sunday instead of scheduled starter Jose Suarez.

Speaking to reporters before his team hosted the Chicago White Sox on Monday, Nevin denied using Wantz as a starter just to throw at the Mariners.

“It’s not factual”, Nevin said. “But I don’t want to get into a war of words with that. What is done is done. Yesterday is over and over. We focus on the White Sox today.

Winker, who was hit in the right hip with a 91 mph fastball, received a seven-game suspension after approaching the Angels’ dugout despite attempts by two referees to restrain him. Some Angels players encountered Winker atop their dugout as Mariners players came off their bench.

Seattle shortstop JP Crawford received a five-game suspension and Rodríguez received a two-game suspension. All three Mariners players will appeal.

Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon and assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti each got five games for their actions.

Rendon, a former Washington Nationals star known for his calm demeanor, met Winker atop the dugout and clapped his left hand to Winker’s face. Rendon suffered a season-ending right wrist injury earlier this month and wore a cast on that wrist during the smash. He must serve his suspension after returning from the injured list, but will be banned from sitting on the Angels bench for the next seven games.

Wantz, who denied intentionally hitting Winker, and Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera were suspended for three games. Los Angeles pitcher Raisel Iglesias, bench coach Ray Montgomery and interpreter Manny Del Campo were suspended for two games; Tepera and Iglesias were the only angels to appeal.

After learning he was one of eight players or managers sent off on Sunday, Iglesias threw a box of sunflower seeds onto the pitch. After returning to the dugout, he also threw away a jar of chewing gum.

Angels coach Bill Haselman also received a one-game suspension.

After the fight, Winker showed his middle finger to the bleachers as he made his way to the Seattle dugout. The Angels won 2-1, scoring their two runs in the seventh inning.

To support Winker, a Mariners fan ordered a pepperoni pizza that was awarded to left fielder Sunday at the visitors’ pavilion.

“The only thing I’m going to apologize for is scaring the fans away”, Winker said after Sunday’s game. “That’s it. As fans, they spend their hard-earned money to come see us play a game, and they didn’t deserve that. So I apologize to the fans, especially women and children.


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