Angels and Mariners Brawl results in 47 games of suspensions

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The fallout from baseball’s nastiest brawl of the season hit the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners fast and hard on Monday with 12 uniformed personnel between the two teams receiving a total of 47 games of suspensions for their actions in Sunday’s fiery scrimmage.

Major League Baseball made its strongest statement by suspending Phil Nevin, the Angels’ interim manager, for 10 games, citing “the intentional throwing of pitcher Andrew Wantz while warnings were in place.” Nevin, who began his suspension Monday night as his team opened a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox, has only managed the Angels 19 games since the club fired Joe Maddon on June 7.

Other harsh suspensions went to Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (seven games, likely largely for a lewd gesture directed at Angels fans as he left the field) and shortstop JP Crawford (five games), as well as Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon and assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti (five games apiece).

The fight began in the second inning on Sunday, but tensions between the two clubs had escalated since the night before, when Seattle reliever Erik Swanson threw a pitch near Mike Trout’s head. Trout, who has 53 career homers against the Mariners — his record against any opponent — expressed his displeasure to reporters after the game.

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

Shortly before Sunday’s game — the teams’ eighth game in 11 days — the Angels named Wantz as their “opener.” It was Wantz’s first career start, and it became a suspicious strategy when he immediately kicked the ball past the head of Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez in the first inning, prompting an angry reaction from the Seattle manager. , Scott Servais. The referees immediately warned both benches.

Speaking on Monday afternoon, before the sanctions were imposed, Nevin asked if he had used Wantz as an opening for this specific purpose. “It’s not factual,” he 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.

But that wasn’t the case, thanks to the suspensions still looming.

Wantz stayed in the game after the incident with Rodríguez, and when he drilled Winker from the back in the second inning, the outfielder reacted angrily and, ultimately, moved to the Angels dugout screaming and making gestures.

The benches and relievers quickly emptied, delaying the game by 18 minutes. Rendon, who is out for the season following surgery on his right wrist, was one of the first players to sign Winker. MLB said Rendon’s suspension was for “his actions during the incident and for leaving dugout while on the disabled list.” His suspension will be served when he returns from the injured list. In addition to the suspension, Rendon is barred from the bench for the Angels’ next seven games.

Nevin and Chiti were two of five members of the Angels’ coaching staff to receive suspensions. Others included a bench coach (Ray Montgomery, two games), a catcher coach (Bill Haselman, one game), and even a performer (Manny Del Campo, two games).

There have been so many suspensions that MLB has staggered them: Nevin, Chiti and Del Campo began serving their suspensions on Monday night when they watched the Angels beat the White Sox, 4-3, from a sequel to the floor of Angel Stadium. Montgomery and Haselman, according to MLB, will begin serving their suspensions after Chiti returns from his.

In addition to staff and Rendon, Wantz was suspended three games “for his intentional throwing at Jesse Winker of the Mariners while warnings were in place” and two other Angels relievers were also suspended, Ryan Tepera (three games) and Raisel closer. Iglesias (two). Tepera and Iglesias are appealing and their sentences will be postponed after their hearings.

The three suspended Mariners players — Crawford, Rodríguez (two games) and Winker — were 1-2-3 in the lineup for Monday night’s 9-2 loss to Baltimore at T-Mobile Park because their suspensions are subject to their calls. Servais, the Mariners manager, was ejected during the fight, but he was not suspended.

Additionally, the Mariners placed backup receiver Luis Torrens on the 10-day injured list on Monday with left shoulder inflammation, an injury that occurred during the fight.

The penalties weren’t announced by MLB until about 40 minutes before the Angels face the White Sox here and about an hour before the Mariners face the Orioles in Seattle.

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

Trout, who was unavailable to the media after Sunday’s brawl, declined to discuss the fight.

The teams will then meet for three games in Seattle starting August 5.

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