New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson had already clashed a few days ago when the former slid hard into third base.
On Sunday, the two were involved in another dustup during a Yankees – White Sox game.
Both players confirmed that Donaldson called Anderson “Jackie”, in reference to a 2019 interview in which Anderson referred to himself as the modern Jackie Robinson and saying he wanted to change the game like him.
White Sox players, and manager Tony La Russa, accused Donaldson of racism.
Donaldson explained it was an inside joke between them back when he was playing with the Atlanta Braves, but the timing was odd and White Sox players believed he was being mean to Anderson.
In any case, things got heated for a bit on Sunday between the two teams: there was a benches-clearing incident, but no punches were thrown.
MLB is allegedly investigating the incident, and there could be a suspension for Donaldson on the way depending on what they find.
Donaldson And The White Sox Don’t Like Each Other
It’s clear that there is some animosity between Donaldson and the White Sox, and vice versa.
Twitter accounts covering the White Sox have also joined the circus.
“Ball don’t lie though,” White Sox Talk tweeted, with stats from Sunday.
They highlight that whereas Donaldson went 0-for-4, Anderson went 3-for-5 with a key home run and three RBI.
Ball don’t lie though pic.twitter.com/jpTgpePbHW
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 23, 2022
Donaldson has hit very well against Chicago in his career: .282/.388/.587 with 22 home runs and a .976 OPS.
However, it’s clear that this is more of an off-the-field battle.
We will see if there will be more chapters in this story.NEXT: Royals Continue A Nightmare Start To End Their Week