Suspensions announced for Thursday’s brawl between the White Sox and Royals

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Six players have been suspended as a result of Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals. Here are the details from MLB:

From the Royals:

Yordano Ventura: Seven-game suspension
Edinson Volquez: Five-game suspension
Lorenzo Cain: Two-game suspension
Kelvin Herrera: Two-game suspension

From the White Sox:

Chris Sale: Five-game suspension
Jeff Samardzija: Five-game suspension

All of the players listed above also received an undisclosed fine, but a five-game suspension for a starting pitcher isn’t much of a punishment. While Tyler Flowers was not suspended, he was fine an undisclosed amount. Interestingly, no punishment for Adam Eaton. Assuming the suspensions aren’t appealed, they would begin Sunday.

UPDATE: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale and Samardzija will appeal their suspensions.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.