As first reported by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton has received a one-game suspension from MLB. Eaton found himself in MLB’s doghouse for his role in a bench-clearing scuffle that took place this past Thursday during the team’s 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Van Schouwen reports that MLB has implemented a fine to Eaton in addition to the one-game ban. The suspension was supposed to take place during tonight’s re-match between the two clubs, but Eaton has decided to appeal.
Van Schouwen also reports that Cleveland’s Jake Bauers and Cesar Hernandez also received fines.
The altercation took place in the first inning of last Thursday’s matchup. After Tim Anderson led the game off with a line-drive single, Eaton followed it up by taking a 75 MPH curveball to right field off of starter Aaron Civale.
Cleveland right fielder Josh Naylor tried to stop Tim Anderson from going first-to-third but was too late. Taking advantage of the situation, Eaton attempted to stretch his single to a double.
On the throw back to second, Eaton initially appeared to reach base in time but was forcibly bumped off the bag by second baseman Andres Gimenez.
A visibly frustrated Eaton jumped to his feet and gave Gimenez a shove, and that’s when things got ugly.
The umpire crew upheld their initial call that Eaton was out at second.
The altercation ended up being more of a show than anything. Thankfully no punches were thrown and no players were ejected. That said, in a league still working to battle the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little tolerance for these situations.
I’m sure Eaton would agree that cooler heads need to prevail.
Eaton will now go through the formal appeal process and attempt to reverse the ruling. The right fielder has been a bright spot for the White Sox so far in their 2021 campaign. Entering Tuesday night’s game, he led the team in runs scored (12) and RBIs (14) and was top-three in OPS (.861).