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Angels’ Phil Nevin gets 10-game suspension for role in brawl; 11 others disciplined

Major League Baseball made its decision Monday, and the penalties were severe.

A day after a brawl between the Angels and the Seattle Mariners, the league on Monday disciplined 12 players and coaches, including the Angels’ interim manager Phil Nevin, who was suspended for what MLB called “the intentional throwing” of 10 games Pitcher Andrew Wantz while warnings were in place.

Nevin said he didn’t hear from the league nearly three hours before the first pitch of the Angels’ game against the Chicago White Sox. He also said his team had already withdrawn from Sunday’s events.

“We’re continuing as before,” he said before being suspended. “The win was nice yesterday. I mean, we’re done talking about what happened. Off, done.” When asked if Wantz’s pitches were intentional, he said, “That’s not factual.”

Nevin completed the first game of his suspension on Monday, watching from a private suite at Angel Stadium. He may return for the third game of the Angels’ four-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore, the team his son Tyler plays for. Bench coach Ray Montgomery – who was also suspended but will serve his time at a later date – took over as interim manager on Monday.

Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker, who was hit by the Wantz pitch, received a seven-game suspension for “actions that caused the incident and fighting.”

Tensions flared early Sunday afternoon when Wantz threw a pitch to the head of Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez in the first inning, prompting umpires to caution both teams.

Regardless of what transpired between Mariners reliever Erik Swanson and Angels center fielder Mike Trout the night before — when Swanson threw a pitch near Trout’s head — the umpires and Wantz downplayed that it was a factor in Sunday’s events was.

And there was no reassurance from either side after Wantz then smacked Winker on the buttocks in Sunday’s second inning.

Players and coaches from both teams flocked to the field.

Winker blamed Nevin and Anthony Rendon for how much the situation escalated.

“When they throw [Wantz] out, it’s stopping,” he told the Seattle MLB.com reporter. “If he hits me and they eject him, I go to first base. If the guy in the cast and her manager don’t talk, nothing happens.”

Rendon, who has a cast on his right wrist following season-ending surgery, emerged from the Angels’ dugout and pressed his left hand into Winker’s face.

Rendon was handed a five-game ban for “his actions during the incident and because he was on the injured list”. His suspension will be served if he returns from the injured list next season. He is banned from sitting on the bench for the Angels’ next seven games.

JP Crawford charged out of the Mariners’ dugout, vaulted over his teammates and punched one of the Angels. Winker ended up at the bottom of the pile, in a scuffle with Angels replica Ryan Tepera, while fellow Angels Brandon Marsh and Monte Harrison tried to get through the crowds to separate them.

Winker later kicked Nevin in the face, expressing his anger at the situation and then made an obscene gesture at the crowd at Angel Stadium as he left the field after being ejected.

Angel’s closer Raisel Iglesias was also ejected, although she didn’t hit anyone. He threw a box of packets of sunflower seeds and a bucket of gum onto the field and knocked over a cooler in the dugout in response to being thrown.

The other penalties imposed on Monday:

– Rendon, five-game suspension, for “his actions during the incident and for leaving the dugout while on the injured list”. His ban will be served if he returns from the injured list. He is banned from sitting on the bench for the Angels’ next seven games.
– Angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti, banned for five games for his actions during the incident.
— Crawford, five-game suspension for fighting.
– Wantz, three-game ban for intentionally throwing warnings at Winker. Wantz is unresponsive and began serving his suspension on Monday.
— Tepera, three-game ban for his actions.
– Iglesias, two-game ban for his actions.
— Rodríguez, two-game ban for his actions.
– Angels bench coach Ray Montgomery, two-game suspension for his actions.
— Major League Angels interpreter Manny Del Campo, two-game ban for his actions.
– Angels catching coach Bill Haselman a one-game suspension for his actions, which will also be served when Chiti returns.

Nevin, Chiti and Del Campo began serving their suspensions Monday before the Angels’ game against the Chicago White Sox. Montgomery and Haselman will serve out their bans when Chiti returns.

Eight were ejected after the fight: Nevin, Tepera, Iglesias, Wantz, Winker, Crawford, Rodríguez and Mariners manager Scott Servais.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-27/angels-mariners-suspensions-brawl-phil-nevin-jesse-winker Angels’ Phil Nevin gets 10-game suspension for role in brawl; 11 others disciplined

Emma Bowman

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