Major League Baseball has handed down the discipline from yesterday’s Tigers-Yankees brawl. It breaks down thusly:
- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has received a seven-game suspension for inciting the first bench-clearing incident and fighting.
- Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez has received a four-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.
- Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson has received a four-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Todd Frazier of the Yankees while warnings were in place for both sides.
- Yankees catcher Austin Romine has received a two-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.
- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has received a one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place.
They all got fines as well.
Also receiving fines: Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Tigers shortstop José Iglesias. In addition, two members of the Yankees, first baseman Garrett Cooper and outfielder Clint Frazier, received fines for entering the field while being on the disabled list.
Nothing for Dellin Betances for throwing at James McCann‘s head, which led to his ejection. Betances claimed that it was accidental, so apparently MLB believed him.
The managers and coaches are unable to appeal their suspensions. The players will all, presumably, appeal, thus allowing them to play tonight.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.