MLB Suspends Josh Donaldson after “Jackie” comment

Josh Donaldson is in his first year with the Yankees
May 16, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) point to fist base after making an eighth inning through against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees third baseman, Josh Donaldson has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount after his comment made to Tim Anderson this past weekend.

On Saturday benches cleared in the first game of a three-game series between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. The fighting started when Yankee third baseman, Josh Donaldson called White Sox Shortstop, Tim Anderson “Jackie” in reference to Jackie Robinson. The comment was reportedly made early in the game but the situation was escalated when Donaldson was confronted by other members of the White Sox.

Anderson called the comments made by Donaldson “disrespectful” while White Sox Manager, Tony La Russa deemed the comment racist.

Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson have words with one another
May 13, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) is held back by Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing (47) after having an altercation with New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28, right) during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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After the game, Donaldson acknowledged he called Anderson “Jackie Robinson” and explained that “In 2019, he came out with an interview said that he’s the new Jackie Robinson of baseball. He’s gonna bring back fun to the game. In 2019 when I played for Atlanta, we actually joked about that on the game.”

Donaldson explained the comment was made as a joke.

This is not the first time the two players have gotten into it during a game. Just a few weeks ago, both players had to be separated at third base after a pickoff attempt.

Major League Baseball did make multiple calls over the last day to both Anderson and Donaldson before making their final decision on the Donaldson suspension.

Donaldson will reportedly appeal the suspension but was also added to the COVID-IL list this morning.