White Sox Tim Anderson hits umpire after ejection: ‘I haven’t seen any contact that I know of’

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A tough night for the Chicago White Sox was headlined by Tim Anderson’s ejection in the seventh inning after appearing to shove a referee after contesting a strike call.

Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were ejected from Friday night’s 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics after a heated argument following what appeared to be a high strike call.

Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson (7) is ejected from a game after making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022 in Chicago.
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Anderson let plate umpire Nick Mahrley know how he felt, prompting the ejection. But what followed could lead to a long suspension of major league baseball.

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“I don’t think Tim cursed him or anything,” La Russa explained after the game. “If you don’t allow a player to be emotional, (and) you have a bunch of bots playing here, it’s no fun.

Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson, right, is ejected from a game after apparent contact with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022 in Chicago.

Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson, right, is ejected from a game after apparent contact with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022 in Chicago.
(Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“That at bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He got pissed off,” he continued. “I think you have to allow players to trigger, as long as they don’t cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. He’s excited. That’s how he’s playing. That’s how you’re supposed to play.”

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Mahrley seemed to indicate that Anderson made contact with him during the verbal altercation, but La Russa saw it differently.

Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson, right, is ejected from a game after making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022 in Chicago.

Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson, right, is ejected from a game after making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022 in Chicago.
(Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“I know I think I saw the ref go a little bit forward, which they were taught not to do,” La Russa said. “I haven’t seen any contacts that I know of.”

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Led 5-3 at the time, Chicago allowed two more runs and lost his second straight to fall below .500 (49-50).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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