MLB Investigates Yankees’ Josh Donaldson Following References to Tim Anderson

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball conduct an investigation About the Yankees’ comments Chicago White Sox shortstop Josh Donaldson against Tim Anderson.

The White Sox were still simmering on Sunday before a doubleheader between the two clubs at Yankee Stadium. It was about Donaldson calling Anderson “Jackie.”

Donaldson thought it was an inside joke between the two, and White Sox manager Tony La Russa called it “racist.”

Anderson, a black man, agreed with La Russa’s views and marked Donaldson’s use of the name “Jackie” as “superfluous”, “unnecessary” and “rude”.

Liam Hendrix finished off the White Sox’s 3-1 win in the opening game on Sunday after accusing Donaldson’s defense of being “paranoid”.

At nightcap, Anderson beat Chicago 5-0 with a five-run homer in the eighth, suppressing a 36,167 crowd who booed every at-bat.

Chicago’s doubleheader sweep was facilitated by starting pitcher Michael Kopech, who retired the first 17 Yankees before hitting a hit.

Meanwhile, the Yanks wasted great starting pitches from Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino, allowing only one run in 14 innings combined.

Anderson declined to speak to the press after the second game.

Donaldson, who is undergoing post-game treatment, told Yankees Media Relations that MLB had not yet contacted him about the investigation.

For all 18 innings on Sunday, Donaldson and Anderson did not appear on the field together.

Anderson did not play in the first game and Donaldson did not play in the second after being 0-for-4 in the opener.

Donaldson: “I called him Jackie,” the Yankees third baseman admitted.

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Saturday, the bench and bullpen were emptied from the Yankees-White Sox game in an incident involving Donaldson and Anderson for the second time this year.

On Sunday, Boone admitted that he spoke with MLB’s vice president of field operations, Michael Hill, about the league’s initiation of an investigation.

Donaldson also spoke with some of his team members individually and “he and a few other people talked in my office,” Boone said. He expected the veteran third baseman to continue the clubhouse conversation.

Boon said, “I was very surprised when I first heard the name ‘Jackie’.

“I don’t think there was any malicious intent in that regard. It’s a place he shouldn’t go, I think.”

Donaldson said he called Anderson “Jackie” twice during Saturday’s game. In a 2019 Sports Illustrated article, Anderson compared himself to the pioneering Robinson, who tried to add fun to the game.

“I thought it was a joke between (us) because we talked about it before,” Donaldson said. “So I thought we were having fun.”

As someone who broke the color barrier of baseball in 1947, Robinson was “one of the most important figures in our history,” Boone said. “I should have understood that it was a sensitive road down the road right now, and (Donaldson) should have known it better.”

On Sunday, White Sox closer Liam Hendriks said Donaldson’s explanation of the inside joke didn’t fly out of his Chicago clubhouse. “I don’t understand how he thought that.

“It’s just a delusion.”

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Donaldson said he was willing to speak with Anderson about the situation, and things got worse when he spoke with him on Saturday when Chicago catcher Yasmani Grandal came to the plate in the fifth inning.

Then Anderson charged from his position and the bench was empty. Anderson had to restrain his teammates and coaches from getting close to Donaldson.

According to Donaldson, there were no private conversations between Donaldson and Anderson until late Sunday night.

“If something happens that we don’t think is right, we will speak up and speak out,” Hendriks said of the team’s defense.

Hendrix added that the Yankees learned how angry the White Sox was over Donaldson’s comments about Anderson.

“A few of our staff made sure the two people in the clubhouse knew exactly what was going on,” Hendriks said. “So, it’s up to the Yankees whether that’s an internal thing that has to happen on their side.”

Boone’s sense is that Donaldson was “very active” in his explanations and discussions with his teammates.

“That doesn’t make it a big deal (Donaldson’s explanation), but it definitely changes the context of my opinion of the situation.”

“But I also understand how it can be offensive or even upset.”

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