The hammer has fallen on the Rays and Yankees.
Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Boone and Kevin Cash have been handed suspensions of varying degrees for their dust-up in Tuesday night’s 5-3 Yankee win over Tampa Bay.
The fireworks got started early, when Yankees started Masahiro Tanaka plunked Rays’ Joey Wendle with two outs in the top of the first, which many seems as intentional. Chapman tried to deliver some more vengeance on part of the Yankees by throwing at Michael Brosseau’s head in the ninth inning. MLB believes the near-miss was intentional.
Cash had some pointed remarks on Tuesday night, calling the Yankees’ bean ball approach “poor coaching, poor judgement and poor teaching.”
Here’s how the punishments were levvied:
Aroldis Chapman received a three-game ban for throwing near the head of Michael Brosseau during Tuesday night’s Rays vs. Yankees matchup in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees closer just missed Brosseau’s head by an few inches, but it is unclear if he intentionally threw at Brosseau.
MLB seems to believe he did, however, adding that in the press release.
“Aroldis Chapman has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head area of Mike Brosseau of the Rays in the top of the ninth inning. Chapman has previously been disciplined in his career for intentional throwing at the head area.”
Chapman’s suspension is set to begin Wednesday, unless he appeals.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone also received a suspension for “Chapman’s actions,” per MLB’s release, and received an undisclosed fine. Boone plans to serve his one-game ban on Wednesday night’s game vs. the Rays.
Kevin Cash earned himself a game for his postgame comments, per MLB. He also received a fine of an undisclosed amount. He will serve his suspension on Wednesday.
Cash added in his postgame press conference: “And the last thing I’ll say on it is I got a whole damn stable full of guys who throw 98 miles an hour. Period.”
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