Mariners-Angels benches-clearing brawl leads to 12 suspensions

The busting incident at Sunday’s game at Angel Stadium resulted in a dozen suspensions, including three of the Mariners’ top hitters being disciplined.

SEATTLE — Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that 12 players and staff have been suspended as a result of Sunday’s incident between the Los Angeles Angels and the Mariners.

Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker, who was hit by a pitch and started the incident after taking steps toward the Angels’ dugout, was suspended for seven games. Shortstop JP Crawford, who was seen throwing punches at the broadcast game during the melee, received a five-game suspension. Outfielder Julio Rodriguez was also suspended for two games.

Nine members of the Angels were also suspended, including five members of the coaching staff. Interim manager Phil Nevin received the harshest penalty of all, earning a 10-game suspension after pitcher Andrew Wantz threw a pitch behind Rodriguez’s head in the first inning and hit Winker with a pitch in the second inning. Wantz got three games, while injured Angels infielder Anthony Rendon got five games after apparently punching Winker in the face after the two teams converged near the Los Angeles dugout.

All penalties are subject to appeal and players may enter the field of play pending appeal.

An 18-minute delay resulted from on-field melee, and six players and both managers were ejected after the dust settled in Anaheim. Mariners manager Scott Servais was not among those disciplined for the incident.

Winker also drew the ire of the crowd when he appeared to raise two middle fingers to fans above the Mariners’ dugout as he returned from the field. Winker told reporters after the game his only apology was to all the spectators who attended Sunday’s game.

“The only thing I will apologize for is turning off the fans,” Winker said. “That’s it. As fans, they’re spending their hard-earned money to watch us play and they don’t deserve that, so I apologize to the fans, especially the women and children.”

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Winker added that he believes the incident could have been avoided had the Angels dugout not upset the outfielder.

There are 11 more games between these two teams in 2022. So expect the tensions to be palpable when they next meet in Seattle on Aug. 5. Mariners-Angels benches-clearing brawl leads to 12 suspensions

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